White Sands NM- the dunes
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Charlie Shugart
Registered: Feb 06, 2007
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Unlike most sand dunes, these are not made of tiny bits of quartz, but of gypsum and calcium sulfate.
Hence the brilliant white, and a texture that is almost like powder.
In steep places, the grains seem to "flow," which helps explain why the dunes aren't very high compared to quartz dunes.



Cloudbow
Registered: Nov 24, 2004
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What is the dune reflected on in the first image? Is there standing water there? I don't remember any lakes at White Sands.

Bev



Charlie Shugart
Registered: Feb 06, 2007
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No permanent standing water in White Sands that I know about, Bev.
But a recent rain had dumped enough water in the surrounding higher areas that this low spot took on the temporary status of a very shallow lake.
Elsewhere there was a "river" of sorts that also was very shallow.
Charlie



gregfountain
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Spent 30 days there whilst in the Army back in '85. I saw some the strangest creatures there, and some seriously huge jack rabbits. Just wish I had been into photography back then. Then again, I was more worried about being run over by track vehicles who's drivers couldn't see you parked behind one of those "dunes." Great shots Charlie and thanks for sparking the memory!

Greg



DSC01
Registered: Sep 09, 2010
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Charlie, neat shots I like them both and I think #2 would make an intersting black and white image with the sky cropped out. Regards,
Dean



philtax
Registered: Dec 23, 2004
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Fascinating images Charlie! Amazing "fingers" in #2.

Phil



Charlie Shugart
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Thanks Greg, Dean and Phil.
I also was fascinated by the flowing fingers. At the least disturbance, a similar flow would begin.
Charlie



Dennis M 1064
Registered: Jun 29, 2012
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There was a Bedouin village there not so long ago. Would have been interesting with a couple camels crossing the sands. My friend was there shooting Transformers II. She sent me a photo with her and a camel. I thought that must be an extraordinary place to photograph. From the looks of it Charlie, I was right. Nicely done.



Wayne Willison
Registered: Mar 10, 2007
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Very interesting images. Nice job on exposure, also. The whitesand must've been tough to deal with in the sunlight.
I also appreciate the info as to what makes up the sand.

Wayne.



Charlie Shugart
Registered: Feb 06, 2007
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Thanks Dennis and Wayne.
After a few dozen years shooting Kodachrome slide film, I automatically took readings off something about 18% grey, set the exposures manually, and then looked for the shot I wanted. It took longer to write about it than to do it, and the system usually worked okay.
I'm a traveler first- then a photographer- so learning something about the subject is usually an important part of the experience. Well, it is for me .
Charlie



Killergoalie
Registered: Sep 01, 2009
Total Posts: 308
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Great images!

The second looks as if there's an avalanche happening. The same way you see billows of snow coming down the side of a mountain.



ScaryFox
Registered: Dec 30, 2004
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Excellent images, I really enjoy them.
Ute



helenica
Registered: Mar 23, 2012
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Some of your best work Charlie!



Charlie Shugart
Registered: Feb 06, 2007
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Thanks KG, Ute and Helenica.
I've only seen avalanches on TV, but yes, I see the similarities.
Charlie