I visited Great Sands National Park towards the end of Summer, early Fall, and took my new Canon 100-400mm lens to work on composition and compression. I focused on the dunes and friendly deer who made their way near the camp, but found myself more interested in the patterns made in the sand by early morning birds, wind and fellow visitors. Here, I found beautiful organic ripples that had not been disturbed and I loved how they forced me to slow down. The dunes were not going anywhere, but these ripples could change at any moment. I focused on photographing them from all angles, appreciating shadow and light, depth of field and composition. Often, moving away from grand landscapes, shots similar to what most people photograph, are far more rewarding.