Sand and shadow: White Sands National Monument

It was a happy accident that I ended up among the gypsum dunes of White Sands on my recent long-weekend trip to New Mexico.

Dimple

Dimple

My primary focus was a visit to Spaceport America, a kind of pre-opening insider view of the grounds I’d arranged to take with a tour company out of Albuquerque.

Layer cake

Layer cake

I had driven from Dallas and arrived at Alamogordo late in the afternoon, with plans to finish up the journey to Truth or Consequences (where I would meet the tour group) the next day.

Diagonal

Diagonal

With a bit of time before dinner, I determined to fire up Google Maps and see what was in the neighborhood – and quickly discovered that White Sands was only 15 miles away!

Dropoff

Dropoff

Having long appreciated the photography of others who visited the sparkling white dunes, I decided it would be preposterous to miss the opportunity to take a few photos of my own at the place – particularly since the timing would be just right for low-angled evening light.

Scouting locations

Scouting locations

It’s difficult to capture an image that hasn’t been done before in a place that’s such a magnet for photographers. Still, the fun is in the trying, and a short walk into the dune field at least gives one the chance at expressing one’s own unique artistic vision.

Blue shadow

Blue shadow

Lazy wave

Lazy wave

Small things walking

Small things walking

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19 thoughts on “Sand and shadow: White Sands National Monument

    • I highly recommend it. (Only, wait until the government funding kicks back in or you will have made the drive for nothing!)

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