Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado // Permanence is a tricky word when it comes to sand dunes. On one hand, the individual grains are endlessly buffeted by the unfettered desert winds, never resting for longer than it takes the wind to change directions. Yet, at the same time, at least in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the whole system is remarkably stable. You can look at photos taken there 100 years ago and it's easy to pick out the same dunes in the same places, unperturbed despite a century of storms. I suppose the same thing can be said about most things on this planet. Like the archetypal astronauts watching a nuclear holocaust from space, no matter the chaos and dynamism of life on the ground, the view from far away will be serene.
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