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White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

White Sands National Monument is only about 90 minutes from our home near Las Cruces, in southern New Mexico, so I am able to visit several times during the year and see the changes that occur with the seasons. I think that black and white images are often appropriate for the stark contrasts at White Sands, much as black and white often works well for winter scenes with snow (see B&W gallery below). I also like to sometimes include people in my landscapes. This helps give a sense of scale to the scene and also avoids the common fiction in many photo galleries that our National Parks are pristine environments that have little human presence or impact.

These photos range from 2011 back through my first visit in 2006. See also White Sands photos for 2013 at:
White Sands in Black and White
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Tops of cottonwood trees -- the rest of the tree is buried under the sand
Fall foliage on cottonwood trees in White Sands NP
Enjoying the sunset at White Sands
Christmas time on the dunes at White Sands
Winter rains have filled the depressions between the dunes