White Sands

Shot in March 2007 in White Sands National Park, New Mexico. White Sands is one of the most peculiar places I’ve visited. If you stand a mile inside the park, sand as white and snow stretches to the horizon in every direction– sand so thin you could swim in it. This shot captures a desert shrub common to White Sands.

The area, of course, is home to the US military’s White Sands Missile Range, where the atomic bomb was tested/detonated prior to the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. Communities near White Sands– the New Mexican towns of Carrizozo, Alamogordo, Mescalero, and Ruidoso– have been negatively affected by higher cancer rates since the blast due to more concentrated amounts of radiation in the air.

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