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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.