On the southern New Mexico trip in April/May 2017 Rush and I spent two days at White Sands National Monument. The largest gypsum dunefield in the world covers 275 square miles in the Chihuahuan Desert here. The national monument preserves over half of this area including the sands, plants and animals living in the dunes. Shapes and ridges form in the brilliant white sand, the midday sun flattens out the contrast and the textures. Wind causes the top of the dunes to appear fuzzy when seen from the side as the gypsum swirls above the surface. Orange light from a setting sun illuminates tracks made by plants as the wind blows them from side to side. In the picnic area, futuristic table shelters provide a foreground for the Earth’s shadow as it comes up from the east horizon after sunset.

Wind and dune.

Ridges on a dune.

Depressions in sand.

Ridges, dune.

Top of a yucca plant.

Soapstone yucca in dune.

Yucca, shadow.

Traces made by grasses swiveling in the wind.

Sand verbena and small animal tracks in the sand.

Sand verbena and grasses at sunset.

Woman and child, dune, sunset.

Picnic area, shadow of the Earth, belt of Venus above horizon.

WHITE SANDS-2017 | 2017 | New Work | Comments (1)

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  1. David C. Balderston says:

    I’m not religiously affiliated these days, but the phrase occurred to me: “What hath God wrought!”

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