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Pale orange sand dunes in El Paso

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Speaking of dunes, as I have the last couple of times, I hadn’t known there are pale orange sand dunes on the east side of El Paso (Texas). There are. They made for a pleasant surprise along US 62 on the morning of November 9th last year, when dramatic clouds added to my appreciation.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 1, 2017 at 5:00 AM

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  1. Not only is this a surprise and a delight, it would be far easier to visit than New Zealand. I like the way that little triangular cloud bit forms a center point for the photo, with the clouds flowing upward and the sand flowing down. It makes for a surprisingly dynamic image.


    April 1, 2017 at 7:04 AM

    • The clouds were great that morning, and I took plenty of pictures of them in their own right. The problem I had with the dunes was the people on dune buggies, some of whom were still there and others of whom had left tracks in the sand. I walked around in vain looking for something pristine to photograph. Eventually I found the one spot shown here, where I could crouch low enough to exclude the human elements in the background while bringing in the clouds to complement the dunes

      When you eventually take your trip to the Southwest, you’re likely to pass through El Paso. As you said, it’s a lot easier to get to than New Zealand is, and a lot less expensive.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 1, 2017 at 7:32 AM

  2. I like the inclusion of the rough bit of sand (clods or whatever)

    Steve Gingold

    April 1, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    • I had it both ways, so to speak. In the other picture I took of this dune, I aimed just high enough to exclude the darker bits and include more of the dramatic clouds. I might have been tempted to stitch the two images together but I see that I made the two views ten seconds apart and changed my position somewhat.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 1, 2017 at 2:24 PM

  3. Beautiful.I am glad you were able to eliminate (visually) the dune buggies.


    April 4, 2017 at 6:11 AM

    • I had the same problem with dune buggies and trails of footprints when we stopped at two other sets of dunes on that trip. Likewise at Te Paki on the New Zealand trip, though just with footprints and sandboards. I didn’t see or hear any dune buggies there, so perhaps they’re not allowed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 4, 2017 at 8:27 AM

  4. This is such a dramatic sight. Are these shifting dunes? I don’t see any vegetation.


    May 27, 2017 at 7:50 AM

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