Toward the light. But also toward the storm.


A few years ago, my friend Martha and I decided to drive from El Paso, where we were spending the weekend, to White Sands National Monument. That’s about a hour-and-a-half of driving.


We left right after breakfast. Instead of taking the Interstate, we went on New Mexico highway 28, a noted scenic route. That should have added about 30 minutes to our trip.


But we stopped. We stopped to look at an adobe barn. A pecan orchard. A church. We stopped in a little town where the church was having a festival*. We stopped for lunch. And etc.

So by the time we eventually made it to White Sands, it was very late in the afternoon. Most of the day’s visitors had already left. But the storm clouds were still hanging around, and the sun obligingly lit a band of sand in the distance.

White Sands National Monument
near Alamogordo, New Mexico
photographed 5.1.2010

*At the town with the festival, we were turned away from a parking lot that was, we were told, for church members only. We weren’t sure what identified us so readily as non-members, although we did come up with several options.

Posted on February 8, 2017, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. That’s a beautiful photo…

    One thing I love about church is their inclusive attitude… never found a bunch of more open people…

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  2. A small church here has a sign stating “Private Parking “. It’s near a small city park and on a dead end. But still I chuckle at the meaning it may convey. As usual you have bettered our day. With the image and the experience. They knew you weren’t a member when you showed up with a camera !

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  3. buena imagen que trasmite y si vuelas un poco te ayuda a despegar


  4. This is a WOW photo! It was so cool to see the full photo after the partial view in the reader which was grey, grey, grey but then OMG!


  5. This is a very fine picture. I like how you have shown it’s nearly dark and all the horizontal layers. It’s like stratigraphy.


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