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Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park landscape with clouds

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Southern Utah; October 23, 2016.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 13, 2017 at 4:50 AM

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  1. i love the contrast here –


    February 13, 2017 at 4:54 AM

  2. I do too~it is a very graceful image.


    February 13, 2017 at 8:43 AM

  3. polar opposite in color, texture, form, etc…. yet those colors are complementary ones, and they work!

    Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    February 13, 2017 at 10:18 AM

  4. This photo may have been taken in Southern Utah, but it could be a perfect illustration for the story of Rangi the sky, the father of all things, and Papa the earth, the mother of all things. It’s remarkable how the New Zealand myth contains echoes of Genesis creation myths: or perhaps not.


    February 13, 2017 at 10:54 PM

    • Now that’s an ingenious connection. I know people have studied creation myths, but I don’t know what conclusions they’ve come to about their universality.

      Eve was saying just today that we’ve seen nothing in New Zealand like the colorfully picturesque formations of the American Southwest.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 14, 2017 at 4:24 AM

      • One of my readers recently mentioned Uluru in Australia — out near Alice Springs. Perhaps you should pop over for a visit. They recently had some remarkable rains, which led to some remarkable images.


        February 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM

        • Uluru is a place I’ve long wanted to visit. It’s too far for this trip, but Australia warrants a trip of its own.

          Yesterday I saw on television the danger of flooding in Oroville, California. I’d never heard of the dam there, which I’ve learned is the highest in the United States.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 14, 2017 at 11:52 AM

  5. Nice color combination as well as textural contrast and composition, Steve. Curious about the Pink moniker as I see more sienna. Maybe the light has to be different?

    Steve Gingold

    February 16, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    • I wondered about the “pink” too. Like you, I see the color as leaning more toward sienna or orange. I don’t know if the right light can make the sand look truly pink. My intuition is that it can’t.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 18, 2017 at 1:10 PM

  6. Hey Steve a great combination ..


    February 18, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    • I couldn’t get enough of it and kept taking pictures with different compositions, some horizontal and others vertical.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 19, 2017 at 3:51 AM

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