The Dunes are held captive by the Sangre de Christo Mountains. The campground is to the right of where the dunes drop off (just right of the center of the photo). The sun was coming over the mountain on the right and maybe it would have burned off the clouds and fog, but then again maybe not.
The sun came through the clouds briefly on my way out of the park. I love how the light moves over The Dunes.
A closer look, half in light and half in shadow.
The shape of The Dunes mimic the peaks of the mountains behind them.
To my amazement and delight, this image brings it all together... the light, The Dunes, the mountains, the clouds, the moment. There for an instant. Then it was gone. I stood in awe as the sun rolled over the dunes. It was incredible to watch.