White Sands National Monument in New Mexico is a blinding alien landscape with giant shifting dunes of pure white gypsum sand. A unique dry lake bed forms a never ending supply of the snowy mineral that blows across the barren landscape.
Normally the gypsum would dissolve in the rain, but rain nearly never falls in this desert, so the giant sandbox continues to grow and grow.
We loved this lone tree; we're always amazed when life finds a way to flourish
They weren't kidding, it was quite the shocking situation!
Most of the wildlife -- lizards, mice, rabbits and foxes -- that inhabit this peculiar environment have adapted, becoming white to blend in with the surrounding sand for protection.
However, according to
one of the park signs, these little guys still end up as tasty
little dishes of fast food. Call us wacky, but that seems like
the sign might be just a tad disturbing to the kiddies.
Good thing ours are all grown up.
David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com
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