Thursday, December 04, 2008

White Sands National Monument

I stopped for a brief overnight at White Sands National Monument on my way south from Bosque del Apache. When I arrived mid afternoon, it was rainy and heavy overcast so it was an ideal time for a nap (I was completely exhausted). When I woke up a couple hours later, the sky was breaking with dramatic clouds and light. I ran into the dunes and took advantage of the brief conditions. Although I went back the next morning, there were no clouds in the sky and it just didn't measure up to the night before!

I'm now in southeast Arizona..... doing some hiking, photographing birds and catching up on photo work. The weather is fantastic and there is good coffee in town, so life is good!

White Sands Photos:
All taken with EOS 1Ds mIII and either 17-40mm, 24-70mm or 70-200mm lenses.
Singh-Ray circular polarizer and 2 stop hard edge ND grad.


  1. Anonymous9:48 PM

    You did an incredible job capturing the beauty of the moment.

  2. Anonymous4:08 PM

    I check everyday for updates on your blog! I am just awed by your work.

  3. Anonymous7:14 PM

    Wow!!! These shots are absolutely breathtaking!! I can't imagine what it must have been like in person!!


  4. Anonymous8:12 PM

    There just aren't enough self portraits!

    I really dig the first one, not sure why...doesn't matter... Great work.

  5. Anonymous10:32 PM

    I wished Singing Sands looked like that.
    Thanks for the treat.

  6. Anonymous4:07 PM

    Great shots Ethan, those are some of the best sky shots I've seen. Good timing being out there during that.

    Can't wait for more!!


  7. Anonymous11:56 PM

    Hey Ethan - excellent again. What's the deal with the last one...looks like someone intentionally tied grass around those there a story there?

  8. Thanks for all the positive comments everyone!

    Amelia, that's a natural Yucca... no tricks with tying grasses around it. Because it's growing in a dune that is continually shifting, it may have left part of the plant exposed.


  9. Gorgeous shots. Now I have to go plan my trip out there. Damn!

  10. Anonymous9:14 PM

    LOVE these ones, Eth! Gorgeous. I'd like a couple of these for my walls... hint, hint... :)