I am now about 15 miles north of Las Cruces, and will be here for the holidays. From my campsite, I can see the very remarkable, very jagged peaks that rise about 10 miles to the east of Las Cruces. Friday evening, the sun lit them nicely for me.
Yesterday I took a long drive, dropping briefly into Texas, then up to Alamogordo for a late lunch. I then went to White Sands, seeking some shots near to sunset. I was disappointed because I could not find much to use the light that I had and capture the vast whiteness of the dunes. I did have a nice blue sky at first, which I liked in contrast to my shots from a month ago.
I saw the sun lighting a clump of grass. That light was closer to what I was hoping to find.
Moments later, the sun was setting. The color was obscured by the dunes and far peaks, and was bland at first, a pastel yellow with some pink. The sky was not yet rich, it became so later. This is what I saw as I was leaving and had a better view to the west. (OK, I admit it - I couldn't resist slipping in another sunset.)
Everyone that I saw during the early part of the sunset was looking to the west. Me? I was looking east at what the light was doing to the mountains near Alamogordo.