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White Sands

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 30 December 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Our plans to visit White Sands National Monument in New Mexico were almost changed due to a blinding rain storm. We decided to go on and have a look, and after the rain moved on, we were glad we did.

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The Big Guy from Regina, Canada

Some interesting looking country. I like the low perspective you've used. Well done Barbara.

30 Dec 2009 5:14am

@The Big Guy: Thanks. Yes, it is a very interesting area with all the sand dunes.

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

Nice colours!

30 Dec 2009 5:46am

@Meysam: Thanks!

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Your great decision made this photo successful ! What a scene, nice capture !

30 Dec 2009 5:53am

@Hiro: Thanks. Yes, I almost missed the whole thing. ;-)

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

~~`very beautiful ~~ must have been a great visit:)

30 Dec 2009 6:17am

@kate: Thanks, Kate. It was a very unusual and interesting place.

sabinche from Frankfurt am Main, Germany

great image!
the landscape reminds me a lot of fuerteventura - a canary island here in europe.
like the dramatic sky and you have composed it very well.

30 Dec 2009 10:03am

@sabinche: Thanks, sabinche. I liked the dramatic sky from the passing storm too. Happy New Year!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Oh my !!!! What a beautiful landscape ! This looks like another world... I really love it :)

30 Dec 2009 10:38am

@Tamara: Thanks, Tamara. It did look a little other worldly there. ;-)

Jerry from Tampa, United States

Love the tones Barbara! AWESOME image!

30 Dec 2009 12:15pm

@Jerry: Thanks, Jerry. Happy New Year!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A grand illusion Barbara! Here we are in winter looking out of the window looking at snow, and I think Wow, what a wonderful winter picture Barbara has!
Is this really sand?

30 Dec 2009 12:43pm

@Curly: Thanks, Curly. This "winter" photo was taken on a hot summer evening in the New Mexico desert in the sand dunes after a cooling rain. Yep, it's really sand in this shot, although they can get snow there in the winter.

Bob from New Jersey, United States

it does look like snow.

30 Dec 2009 1:15pm

@Bob: I posted one from this trip some time ago, and some thought it was snow then too.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful constrast between the sky and sand Barbara! Definitely worth the trip!!! ;-)

Happy New Year!

30 Dec 2009 1:20pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks, Eric. Happy New Year to you.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Oh wow! I am glad you stayed too! What wonderful dramatic light! The blue of the sky against the white sand is stunning!
Happy New Year to you!

30 Dec 2009 2:52pm

@Tracy: Thanks, Tracy. I think we ended up with a lot more to shoot than if the sun had been out on all of that white sand. ;-)

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

great shot. i like the contrast of colors. really cool capture of the sky. wonderful to look at!!

30 Dec 2009 3:55pm

@Tim: Thanks, Tim.

Jacqueline from Montréal, Canada

You have sand, I have snow... looks almost the same... your photo is gorgeous !
Happy 31st...

30 Dec 2009 8:10pm

@Jacqueline: Thanks. Yes, the sand could pass for snow, but your snow could be nothing else! Yours is gorgeous too. Happy 31st to you.

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Truly amazing shot of an area I have never been to!!! How lucky you were to decide on going! This shot says so....the blue against the white white sand.....incredible!

30 Dec 2009 9:00pm

@Lambspun: Thanks. Yes, it was a close call since we almost turned around and went back to town. But, the storm moved off and the sky was very dramatic. ;-) I think it was better than the typical washed out bright sunny day there.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Happy new year!
¸¸.•*¨*• Happy new year! ♫•*¨*•.¸¸

30 Dec 2009 9:56pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks. How did you do that "Happy New Year" thing? It's cool.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Stunning, Barb!

30 Dec 2009 10:25pm

@john4jack: Thanks, Jack.

ismerie from Montcy-Notre-Dame, France

Magnifique prise de vue.

30 Dec 2009 10:44pm

@ismerie: Thanks!

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

What a beautiful sight those sands are...!

♫ ☺ Happy New Year... ♪♪♪

30 Dec 2009 11:19pm

@Michael: Thanks, Michael.

BJ from Murfreesboro, United States

very nice shot, I have never seen anything like it. Great colors

30 Dec 2009 11:53pm

@BJ: Thanks, BJ.

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Excellent shot ! The contrasting colors - the deep blue sky and the white sands look amazing !

31 Dec 2009 4:51am

@Satvik: Thank you!

Twinklestamper from Oklahoma, United States

stunning colors...

31 Dec 2009 11:40am

@Twinklestamper: Thank you!

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Beautiful, I love the color contrast.

31 Dec 2009 7:15pm

@Terral: Thank you!

Bob from Bolivar, United States


31 Dec 2009 10:42pm

@Bob: Thank you, Bob.

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

What an amazing have certainly captured it in this picture.

1 Jan 2010 11:57am

@MrsAmber: Thank you!

Paul Hartley from Toronto|Bancroft, Canada


1 Jan 2010 4:36pm

@Paul Hartley: Thank you!

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe !

1 Jan 2010 10:44pm

@Marie: Thank you!

Vikram from Chandler, United States

Excellent!! For a moment I thought (may be because of the season) that it was snow :D

4 Jan 2010 10:39pm

1/80 second
ISO 64
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