Pink Sands National Monument

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.

To me, it should be called Pink Sands National Monument!

Pink Sands Pano

Pink Sands Pano

In one fleeting moment we could see the earth’s shadow (dark band between mountains and pink clouds).

Pink Waves

Pink Waves

 

As the sun rose above the horizon, the pink color faded and the magical light lit up the dunes in a golden glow.

Dune Glow

Dune Glow

 

At sunset, a dramatically different scene was created, with shadows on the sand wrinkles and ripples.

Wrinkles and Shadows

Wrinkles and Shadows

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.

 

Yucca Wind Wrinkles

Yucca Wind Wrinkles

Two Yucs

Two Yucs

 

And with a full moon, a little serendipity!

Yucca Balancing Full Moon

Yucca Balancing Full Moon

 

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!

http://www.russburdenphotography.com/

 

Best

Rich

 

 

~ by richardseeley on March 21, 2015.

10 Responses to “Pink Sands National Monument”

  1. Beautiful!

    I saw your pictures in Breck.   Very nice.

    Corkie

    Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

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  2. Thanks for the mention – great pics! My three favs are Pink Sands Pano, Dune Glow and Yucca Balancing Full Moon. Great post!

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  3. I’ve loved that place ever since I was 8 years old. Beautiful shots Rich.

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  4. What beautiful pictures! (We were recently in Death Valley- climbed a peak in which the summit was below sea level!Going to see the fam next week for Easter. Last week I went to DC to see our Congresspersons to ask for support for diabetes. From DC I took the train to NYC to see Julie. Great to see her! Just 2 years ago, same trip, the night arrived we took Ted to the hospital, where he died soon after. How does Leah like kindergarten? Ellie loves it. Today, (Sat) they had a makeup snow day. Ellie thought that was just fine. Let’s check with her in about 8th grade, see if she’s as enthusiastic about going to school on Sat.! WE got to the snow 2 times. First time in Yosemite when the climbers were climbing the Dawn Wall, the hardest free climb in the world. Did you see it in the news? It was great fun to watch and be part of the excitement…..from the ground. Doris

    Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:46:44 +0000 To: dsgilb@msn.com

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  5. absolutely stunning!

    maryanne

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  6. Great shots. Enjoyed reading the descriptions.

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  7. Magnifiques Photos !

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  8. Thanks for the kind words above! Love “Dune Glow” and Yucca and moon!

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