As soon as the sun went low, these beetles appeared out of nowhere. Advertisements
Sometimes it is difficult determining where the sand ends and the clouds begin.
This was the most common lizard we encountered. The body is a few inches. In the blinding backcountry, we typically saw them when they ran from our oncoming footsteps. Otherwise, they tended to blend in with their surroundings.
The sun setting, the moon, the sand, and the Yucca. What a glorious closing to a day.
Not all Yuccas are straight of spine and reaching to the heavens.
The most common tree at White Sands is the Cottonwood. Their vast root system extends deep to tap into the underground water supply. This deadwood was interesting against the blue sky.
We undertook two significant hikes. The first was one mile and had sigificant vegetation. The second was 5 miles and was almost all white sand and dunes. There was so much bright white there were times I had difficulty focusing.