East of Las Cruces, surrounded by mountains, is a vast basin named White Sands. Much of it is classic southern desert, with scrub vegetation and a predominant color of tan. In the center is an area of drifts of white sand, which has been designated a National Monument.
I had mixed feelings about going there. I usually am not much into desolation, being much more attracted to the mountain rivers, lakes, streams and forest that fill my eyes with greens and blues. Yet, being only 60 miles away, I decided to drive to White Sands.
At first, I saw only white dunes, with little to attract my eye. I then started to see the interplay of light on the shapes and the surface textures, and began to use my camera.
As I shot, I became more and more caught up in the textures.
The dunes not only look like snow drifts, they offer similar opportunities for fun. Many of the dunes were capped by sledders using plastic saucers to slide down the dunes.