Thursday, June 3, 2010

theme thursday - white

white as snow


alps, italy


whitewash
white house
whiter than white
pearly whites
white as a sheet
the whites of his eyes
egg white
whiteout
white sands

About 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo in New Mexico, in the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert is the Tularosa Basin. Here gypsum is washed off the mountains by the rain or brought by the wind. It is water-soluble and would normally be washed out to sea. Here, however, it stays in the basin as the water either evaporates or goes into the ground.

275 square miles of shifting, shining, white dunes.



Unlike quartz-based sand, the gypsum does not easily convert the sun's energy into heat and so the dunes are cool enough to walk on in bare feet, even when the summer sun is blazing overhead.



We visited here on our road trip last year.
This is an extract from the journal I kept: ... we saw a glint of white in the distance, a flash of silver on the horizon. White Sands ... we drove among the dunes. White. Dazzling white. So bright that the photos I took were a whiteout, until I remembered the 'snow' setting on the camera ... awesome ... magnificent ...



Grasses and other plants have adapted to life here.



and humans can enjoy the solitude ...

11 comments:

Roy said...

I've been to White Sands. It truly is an awesome place! Great take on the theme.

Betty said...

Thanks, Roy. It really is beautiful, isn't it? I'm told the best time to go for photography is early morning or sunset. We were there at midday. Ouch! It was hot.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

your photos from white sand are amazing...i was there only once - about 25 years ago, was tempted to post a photo from that trip but time hasn't been kind to them and there didn't make the grade.

it is an amazing place. thanks for sharing your memories and a few images.

Betsy said...

I've walked those white sands...truly amazing, aren't they?

VE said...

There something calming about white sand...

Betty C. said...

What a gorgeous post -- I am in awe.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

The white sans it so beautiful... looks a though you can get snow-blindness out there. -J

Brian Miller said...

oh wow...would love to walk there...beautiful...happy tt!

Baino said...

Beautiful photos and I love the IDEA of snow but white sand is so much more appealing. I notice he has no shoes on! Can't do that here in midsummer, the sand is hot!

Betty said...

Baino - you need to import some gypsum sand!

It was the most amazing experience - midday with temperatures in the 90s and yet the sand was cool underfoot. People were clambering up the dunes and then sliding down again. I'd love to go back.

lettuce said...

these are just beautiful Liz. Gorgeous.

(if A. can't make it next time, invite me!!!!)