White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

White Sands National Monument is located in the Tularosa Basin at the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

_IGP1898Sunrise over the Sacramento Mountains, January 22, 2012

_IGP1924Early morning light reveals the ripples on the wind-sculpted dunes.

_IGP1908The dazzlingly white sand is composed of gypsum, not silica, as is ordinary sand. The sky in this photo has an unusual color due to high winds filling the air with gypsum dust.

_IGP1918Few plants can survive in the constantly moving gypsum sand.


_IGP1820Late afternoon clouds over the San Andres Mountains which form the western wall of the Tularosa Basin.


_IGP1834The beginning of a very colorful New Mexico sunset

_IGP1858The setting sun illuminates the badlands to the east of the dunes.

_IGP1873A spectacular sunset silhouettes soaptree yucca plants.

_IGP1871The glow of the sunset illuminates the eastern sky and the Sacramento Mountains in the distance.

_IGP1882The end of beautiful day, January 21, 2012, at White Sands National Monument

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1 NIV

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