White Sands National Monument is located in the Tularosa Basin at the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Sunrise over the Sacramento Mountains, January 22, 2012
Early morning light reveals the ripples on the wind-sculpted dunes.
The 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.
Few plants can survive in the constantly moving gypsum sand.
Late afternoon clouds over the San Andres Mountains which form the western wall of the Tularosa Basin.
The beginning of a very colorful New Mexico sunset
The setting sun illuminates the badlands to the east of the dunes.
A spectacular sunset silhouettes soaptree yucca plants.
The glow of the sunset illuminates the eastern sky and the Sacramento Mountains in the distance.
The 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