As the wind blows so does the sand, often accumulating in dunes, some over fifty feet high. Gypsum residue from a seabed over millions of years ago still acts as a live undulating surface of the earth in an area of approximately 275 square miles. After trudging to the top of a dune through soft white sand one’s size seems to be very insignificant compared to the dune. Footprints are erased by the wind.
This area of New Mexico is never the same from visit to visit. Various shapes and textures from the wind blown sand constantly change. Plant life struggles to dot the landscape. When covered by sand some plants may be the only one surviving within hundreds of yards. Dunes vary in shapes and forms from low mounds, to crescent-shaped dunes, transverse dunes joined together, and parabolic dunes of inverted configurations.
A few small mammals, rodents, birds and insects inhabit the dunes. Water is scarce but they take advantage of the rainy season. Most are nocturnal. During the day you can see evidence of their tracks in the sand.
These color and black and white images were taken over multiple visits to show the varied impressions one can experience in this unique environment.
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