Finally, you say? I agree. Today's pics are of the White Sands National Monument that we visited on September 20th. Let's just call them sand dunes and leave it at that. Gorgeous, cool feeling sand on your feet and your body is roasting hot as it's about 82 degrees. Doesn't sound hot but add all that whiteness and reflection and holy moley. Out of this world. Enjoy.
My husband, Frank, at the top of a dune.
A view from on top of the same dune looking back to the parking lot.
The bottom part of this tree or bush is about 4 feet, look for the footprints at the base. This is huge!
A Yucca plant - interesting factoid is that however high the dune that a plant is growing out of, that plants actual height is what you see on TOP of the sand PLUS the height of the dune. This sucker is probably about 25 -30 feet high but you only see 3 feet. Seriously.
A tree 'tip', no kidding. Very cool.
See the wood post on the lower middle by the big bush/tree thing? The post is 3 feet high and the bush is the one in the picture way above in the beginning of this entry today. You walked from post to post to look at different things on the dunes. Um, and it helped keep you oriented, otherwise, trust me, you could easily get lost.
Another Yucca type plant, again, very tall, very misleading.
Just a super spectacular tree we saw on the dunes.
Close up of its root system that's above ground.
Me! Believe it or not, this shirt is PINK. I have tried and tried in Paint Shop to change it and it will not change to anything but a whiter white. So just goes to show ya how really bright it was there!
Frank out on a 'playa' - defined as a very flat, dry lake bed of hard, mud-cracked clay,
in his caveman stance. Silly guy. Note that there is water and that this is not a dry lake bed, in fact it was kind of mushy underfoot. New Mexico over July and August had an historical amount of rain - so water was still around in places it normally isn't at this time of year (September, that is).
The earth is so dry here in some places even after so much rain it's literally peeling. Not sure what lives in the hole and we didn't stick around to find out. Though whatever does wouldn't probably come out until nightfall. Whew.
Who would think you could get such pretty flowers in such a hot, arid place?
More flowers. And that's all for today, folks!