During a recent trip to New Mexico I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to catch White Sands at sunset. What a beautiful site. White Sands is amazing enough as it is but throw in the glowing sun setting over the mountain peaks resiliently standing in the distance. It can be kind of awe inspiring. To take in this vast landscape of the white gypsum placed seemingly randomly in the middle of the New Mexico desert lending its beauty to full 360 degree views can be humbling. The endless white sands really humble you letting you know how small you are in this amazingly huge world. Then the sun, not to be out done, starts painting the sky with blues, purples, oranges, and yellows that no painters pallet could ever duplicate. I could easily go back multiple times not just for the photographic follies but for the introspection that this, almost alien, landscape brings on. A truly adventurous person could come back numerous times and just explore the expanse of this national park.
No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
Epictetus – Discourses Chap. xv.
Disclaimer. If you do head out to White Sands make sure you follow all the safety rules and do your homework before you go. This area has claimed lives before.