Sand Dunes Since 1975 I’ve been selling art cards and posters at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. I’ve quit counting the number of times I’ve found myself gasping for breath while trudging upward to the summit of these beautiful ever-changing peaks of sand. The graphic splendor of the constantly changing designs has brought me back time and again. There are many stories that have come back from my adventures in the dunes. Today I suffer physically from a late November 2011 trip when I was hit by either a very large dust devil or a small tornado roughly two miles into the massive dunes. It threw me nearly 100 feet from one dune to another like a rag doll. The tripod legs broke my fingers when I landed and was knocked unconscious. It was minus one degree (F) and getting dark with no moon to follow. Disoriented, I wandered aimlessly for hours as the temperatures dropped to -5 degrees and my hands and feet were no longer flexible. Frostbite and shock became a major concern. Eventually I found the opening through the willows in the dried up Medano Riverbed and was able to get to my car. It was then I realized I couldn’t put my hands in my jean’s pocket to get my car keys because they wouldn’t move with my brain’s command. I couldn’t even unzip my coat to place them under my arms to provide what little body warmth I had left. Eventually I just sat down on the parking lot leaning against my car laughing hysterically that I had finally made it to my car and was able to see my keys bulging in my pocket, but I was going to freeze to death because I couldn't get them out. After some delusional time period of drifting in and out of consciousness I saw a small light in the distance. It kept getting larger and larger until I could hear it was a vehicle coming my way. A park ranger was checking the park one last time and was there to save my life. I never lose respect for these guardians of our parks. Their dedication to protect our sacred preserves mostly goes unnoticed, but they are the sheppards of our overused National Parks and deserve a thank you the next time you can do so. Black and white photographs from the “Sand Dunes Project” are available to purchase. They are printed on beautiful Hahnemuehle Fine Art Baryta paper. In addition to these traditional prints many of the works are available as wall hangings in larger sizes and on various materials, designed by myself. Examples might include copper, multi-layer face-mounted acrylic, wood products and exotic handmade paper products from various Asian islands. Because I am constantly experimenting with new presentation possibilities it is always a good idea to contact our studio regarding up-to-date creations. The sizes of these pieces will vary depending on the materials used.