Landscape and Panoramic Photography

Sand Dunes and Sand Depressions

In deserts filled with dunes, the dunes get all the attention.  However, the depressions between the dunes provide more hospitable environments for the living.  As the wind blows the gypsum sand across the desert, it slowly covers plants trying to grow in the moist depressions between the dunes.  Some of the cacti in the area try to grow above the dunes as they approach, but when the dunes depart, they leave towering root structures with no support.  These bushes will only survive a short time before they are covered in white sand.

Bushes and Ridges, White Sands, NM


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