Miniature Longitudinal Dunes

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Ryan Calhoun on March 18, 2008

It's fascinating how the ridged sand smooths out on the inside of this bowl, and the change from blue shadows to yellow highlights is really beautiful. From this perspective, the distance certainly looks a long way off, yet still very clear.

Are you facing north/south? Is that the reason for your unusual title?

Cheers, Ryan

walkaboutwest on March 18, 2008

Thanks for your nice comments, Ryan. I really appreciate it. The ripples remind me of a type of dune referred to as linear or longitudinal dune in miniature. If you look on the imagery, you'll see that the dunes I took the photo from are crescent-shaped parabolic dunes. I thought it was cool that there were really two in one.

Also the name "White Sands" is somewhat of misnomer, because the 'sand' is not really sand, but gypsum (CaSO4·2H2O), which is much more soluable in water, and has very different properties than the normal silica sand. There are only a few gypsum deserts on the planet. White Sands is the largest.

©Sylvain Vettese on March 19, 2008

Eve that to say this pict ? what it is beautiful? it is more than that: wonderful. I decern a big yellow star!!!

Congratulations _ Sylvain_

a2000 on March 21, 2008

Truly breathtaking. If it weren't for the dry plants (and the New Mexico tag) I would probably have thought this was a very fantastic and curious snowy landscape. Anyway, it's a really wonderful photo.

Thanks for sharing!

Tamás Borbély on March 22, 2008

Simply amazing Eve !!! Yellow Star from me :-) Happy Easter I wish to you, Tamás

rlzzza on March 24, 2008

A great shot of an amazing place!! ~ greetings

Marilyn Whiteley on March 24, 2008

Now that I'm back from the great Southwest, I can take time to look. And what a thing this is to greet me. Simply wonderful, Eve, this sculpted, contoured, magical landscape!

Caleb Izdepski on March 24, 2008

I've wanted to visit this place, I wonder if it turns orange in the sunset...

Manfred1220 on March 25, 2008

YS for this marvellous photo, Eve! Received just at the correct time, so that the character of the landscape comes to the validity well! And it is for the astonishment! I could not imagine, that there is a desert landscape with snow-white sand dunes of pure gypsum! That is certain only possible, because the area is very dry.

Greetings of Vienna, Manfred

ION BEZERGHEANU / … on March 28, 2008

Beautiful shot Eve ! Congrat !

Snemann on March 30, 2008

Impressive shot, Eve. I can almost feel the texture and hear the morning silence here. Good lighting and framing too. This must be a fascinating place to see and be.

Bruce MacIver on March 31, 2008

Wow -- great new series!! Yellow star for sure.

marita1004 - VIEWS? … on April 2, 2008

Beautiful ,wonderful,nice ,Y.S. Marita

Forrasi Csaba on April 4, 2008


andrea.j. on April 4, 2008

...fantastic shot from a great landscape! Greetings from Germany, Andrea

Tom Ringold on April 5, 2008

Beautiful shot Eve.You made the most of the absence of flowers. There is so much to see in the American Southwest, I am adding this place to my list. Congratulations. Tom

Samo Trebizan on April 9, 2008

An amazing landscape captured in an amazing shot!

Thanks for sharing, YS 4 this one!

Greetings from Slovenia!

Samo T.

Alberto Rossattini on April 9, 2008

Bellissima!!! Sembra neve!!! Ciao

Artur Ziembaczewski on April 13, 2008

very nice. good composition

fravero71 on April 15, 2008

troppo TUA è una galleria fantastica ed io non mi stancherò mai di guardarla...ciaoooo

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 18, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by walkaboutwest
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
    • Taken on 2008/03/15 07:01:11
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 17.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash