I started off the New Mexico series before I left on vacation by posting an image of White Sands I found on Google Images. That one was obviously taken later in the day closer to sunset. My schedule got me there at about mid-day (1PM) when the sun was directly overhead. Fortunately there were some scattered clouds in the air which give some relief from the almost overwhelming quantity of light. The surface within the park is actually a fine grained sea of gypsum which, unlike silica found on most beaches, does not hold the heat and is quite comfortable on bare feet. The park covers thousands of acres of constantly shifting landscape and is the largest desert of its type in the world. White Sands National Monument, near Alamogordo, NM. That’s the San Andres Mountains in the background.