One Word Photo Challenge: Sandstorm

After a sandstorm or just a little blow, the roads at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico need plowed regularly

7.9.15 sand storm

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

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Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

The low, smooth white sand dunes are contrasted in size and appearance by the jagged rock of the San Andres Mountains. But also the sand dunes are contrasted between light and dark by their wind-blown curves.

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White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

 

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Monochrome Monday: Seagull Beach

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Seagull Beach, West Yarmouth (Cape Cod), Massachusetts

Monochrome Monday: Desert Sands

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sand and Dirt

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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado

 

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Transportative photography: Warmth of Place

There’s nothing special about this photograph, no amazing elements, no dramatic effects, no eye-popping subject but when I see this picture my eyes and my heart are drawn into it. The yellow bushes pop out and scream “warmth”. When I took this photo I had recently left the cold, damp northeast for a month in the southwest. What I noticed about the desert landscape is its ability to warm you to the core and melt all stresses trapped in the body.

Great Dunes wasn’t my favorite nor was there anything particularly remarkable about this photo but I can’t help but be drawn into its landscape.

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Great Dunes National Park, Colorado

The Heart of the Photographer

Photography is an act of love; love for the art and love for the subject. Photographs don’t just capture a moment in time or a place in time but the heart of the capturer; their perspective. Photographers endeavor to evoke feeling, a longing to be transported into the photograph.

At the end of this post you will find more photos of this landscape

At the end of this post you will find more photos of this landscape

When you see a beautiful photograph of a colorful sunset, what do you notice? The colors, the contrasts, the subject? My daughter sent me a postcard of a colorful red sunset with reflections dancing over the ocean with palm trees contrasting the colorful play on the water. I was captured I was in the moment of this magnificent view.

Gaze at this photograph for a moment. What do you see? Feel? What are the details? What is the subject? Let your eyes take a step back. What do you see? What do you think is there just outside the borders of the photograph, more of the same or something drastically different?

Photography isn’t just art, its transformative abilities create love of place, it draws you into its sadness or joy, into the heart of the subject.

Over the next few days I will post a few photographs that still transport my heart and soul to another place.

Different Takes on the same landscape

Something a little different

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A little more of the same

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Sand Sledders, a little different take on the same landscape

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All photos were taken at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

For the Love of Geography: High Desert Land

The Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Escape Dunes

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

Hiking on the Great Sand Dunes

Other posts in this series on Deserts: Great Basin, Chihuahuan Desert, High Desert Land, Sonoran Desert

Travel theme: Walls

Sego Canyon UT

Wall Paintings

Pictographs, Sego Canyon Utah

 Cocoa Beach FL

Wall of Water

Cocoa Beach Florida

Falls of the Ohio State Park, IN

Dam Wall

Falls of the Ohio State Park, Indiana

Spring Mill State Park, IN

Rock Wall

Hamer Pioneer Cemetery, Springmill State Park, Indiana

Turkey Run State Park IN

Canyon Wall

Rocky Hollow Nature Preserve, Trail 3, Indiana

White Sands National Monument NM

Wall of Sand

My sledding trail; Alkali Flat Trail, White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

 

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