It might be called White Sands National Monument (Alamogordo, New Mexico), but one magical morning, I saw pink. As the sun rose over the mountains, the sand dunes and clouds were bathed in a soft, pinkish light that made the dunes glow. That is how I remember it and fortunately, my camera did too.
In one fleeting moment we could see the earth’s shadow (dark band between mountains and pink clouds).
As the sun rose above the horizon, the pink color faded and the magical light lit up the dunes in a golden glow.
At sunset, a dramatically different scene was created, with shadows on the sand wrinkles and ripples.
It is a wonder that any plant can survive the extreme temperatures, gypsum based soil, dry conditions and the constantly shifting sand at White Sands National Monument, but the Yucca plant seems to do just that. Photographers from around the world are thankful for this hardy plant species, as it makes for some vivid compositions.
And with a full moon, a little serendipity!
My heartfelt thanks goes to Russ Burden and his White Sands Workshop for his ability to scramble to all of those “secret” locations among miles of dunes to get that killer shot!