Photo Friday: White Sands National Monument

by Don Faust on February 10, 2012

Photo Friday: The eerie beauty of White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

This week’s Photo Friday (#FriFotos) theme is SAND.  In 2006, I embarked on a road trip from Philadelphia to Phoenix driving my Jeep Wrangler only on small, quiet highways, with the intent of stopping at the National Parks that were along  my path.  On my way back to Philly, I had hoped to get to White Sands National Monument, NM during the day.  However, I arrived just as the sun was going down, and organized groups of hikers were setting off on twilight hikes.

After the sun had disappeared behind the mountains, an intense orange-red sky appeared, and the entire sand-scape started taking on these tones.  Before I left the monument, I shot the above photo of a couple sitting on a dune and a lone person walking in the distance.

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Abby February 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I’m from New Mexico, and I think this is the most gorgeous photo of White Sands that I’ve ever seen. So many people drive right through NM — I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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Don Faust February 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Thanks Abby! And this was when I didn’t even know what I was really doing with my first SLR camera. One of the reasons for the trip was to take some off and practice – half of the shot is luck in the lighting

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Angela February 12, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Wonderful photo, beautiful tones!

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cheryl February 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm

This is a really lovely photo. You were there at the perfect moment!

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