We were in need of metamorphic rock footage for EveryDay Earth so it was time to head back to Colorado. That's a bit of a drive for us, but still the closest source, so we loaded up the camera equipment and road snacks, topped off on gas and off we went.
But nothing worth finding is found easily and, of course, every road trip needs a few unrelated stops just for fun, so we decided to check out the Great Sand Dunes while we were out there. It had been years since we were last here but the dunes were still just and grand and sandy as we remembered.
Check out the ominous storm clouds behind Devin. We were lucky (or unlucky, depending on your point of view) to witness a rain storm pop up at the dunes. With tons of wind accompanying the storm, we got to see the movement of sediment firsthand.
It was a pretty severe storm but, thankfully, it was also short. Tourists who were exploring the tops of the dunes gave us weird looks as they ran past us for shelter while we stayed put trying to get footage. We got some good shots but between the wind, water and sand, we'll probably need to take the camera back in to the shop.
We were eventually able to find several roadside stops where metamorphic rocks were plentiful. We wanted to make sure to get plenty of shots of the "mushiness" (for lack of a better term) that the rocks endured during the extreme amounts of heat and pressure inflicted on them. It helps to be surrounded by the picturesque Colorado landscape while working. These rocks were great but we always want more.