Thursday, April 29, 2010

The 8-Crayon Pack: Basic Colors for Skywatch


This is what it looks like sometimes at White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico: Sand-covered roadways blending into blindingly white gypsum dunes, blue mountains in the distance, and clear blue skies. It's like Nature at its plainest and most elemental--basic colors that could have come straight out of the 8-crayon Crayola box, no fancy blends.

Of course, if you hang around at sunrise or sunset, you see a whole different scene and the kind of colors found only in the 64-crayon Crayola box, the one we always wanted and seldom got when we were kids.

On the day I went to White Sands, the whites were so white and the sun was so strong that the tears ran down my cheeks and I could hardly open my eyes.

Those people in the distance were sledding on the dunes, by the way. They obviously had better sunglasses than mine!

Just for fun, I played a bit with the color. I wish I had some sunglasses that would do this.


For all kinds of skies in all kinds of colors, go to Skywatch.

14 comments:

Beth said...

Oh my gosh, those white sands are amazing! I will definitely have to add this place to my list of places to see before I die.

Quiet Paths said...

Wow, that is beautiful. Now these Sands would be something to see - or try to see.

Sylvia K said...

They are beautiful aren't they, Clariz? Really stunning and your photos capture them perfectly -- I do envy you your photography classes!! Haven't been there in many years so these were a real treat! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Mojo said...

There's a lot to be said for "elemental". Especially when it gives you that kind of blue! I've only flown over White Sands as far as I can remember, but it's impressive even form 35,000 feet.

That was actually a parachute, not a balloon. I don't know exactly how the parachutist came to be where he was, but it was a pretty bad place to try and put down.

And no, it was definitely not me. I see no reason to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful,lovely and fantastic shots !!Great post!!

JC said...

Sledding in the sand ... if I were younger, that would have been fun.

Like how you played with the pic ..

EG Wow said...

It's amazing how well your camera captured this when your eyes were shedding tears.

jabblog said...

Goodnes - really eye-watering, but what a wonderful scene.

Photo Cache said...

How peaceful the first image looks. It must be really awesome to be there.

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Elisabeth said...

Fantastic...beautiful...breath taking. What a wonderful place to be. Hope you have a grand weekend.

eden said...

Wow, what a lovely place! Great captures.

Carolyn Ford said...

I want to go there in the worst way! And...I love your header too! What an amazing place...gotta go, gotta go!

Al said...

That's an area I want to visit one of these days. I thought it was snow at first until I read your post. Your photos of it are fantastic and capture it perfectly.

LV said...

Marvelous job on the sand dunes. They do make for some very interesting sights,