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How I Created a Life-Long Dream Shot in White Sands, NM

Undeterred by the blazing heat, my determination burned even brighter. White Sands had occupied a prominent spot on my bucket list for years, and now was the time to fulfill that longing. I armed myself with a trusty sun hat, an ample supply of sunscreen, and an unwavering spirit. The desert’s enchantment called to me, and I would not be deterred.

As I stepped onto the radiant white sands, a sight beyond imagination unfolded before my eyes. The desert stretched as far as the eye could see, like a sea of pearls glistening in the sun’s golden rays. The dunes rose and fell like gentle waves, casting mesmerizing shadows in their wake. It was a painter’s palette of ivory hues, nature’s masterpiece begging to be captured.

Yet, the challenges persisted. The scorching sand seemed to swallow every drop of moisture, making my mouth parched and my throat dry. The air carried a distinct aroma—a mix of warm earth and the tang of desert plants, as if they were whispering secrets to the wind.

To my dismay, I discovered that I was not the only one drawn to the allure of White Sands. Many others had flocked to this ethereal desert paradise, leaving footprints in their wake. Frustration bubbled within me as I realized that these unwelcome intrusions marred the purity of the white sands. It seemed as if the entire world conspired against my vision of capturing a pristine landscape.

But where there’s a will, there’s a way, so my mom would say. Determined to overcome this challenge, my hubby and I embarked on a quest to find an untouched white sand dune. We hiked up and down the treacherous slopes, braving the relentless heat and the ever-shifting sands beneath our feet. Each step felt like a small victory, leading us closer to our elusive goal.

white sands new mexico by janice sullivan the photography creative coach

We searched high and low, following our instincts, and after what seemed like an eternity, we stumbled upon it—a perfect, untouched dune, gleaming like a diamond amidst the desert’s vastness. With a triumphant cheer, we set up our gear, my hands trembling with a mixture of exhaustion and excitement.

As I looked through the viewfinder, all the frustration and hardships of the day melted away. The white sands flowed before my eyes, defying gravity and time, just as I had envisioned. With each click of the shutter, I captured the essence of this magical place—a serene landscape transformed into an ethereal river of ivory.

In that moment, I knew that the challenges had only served to make the victory sweeter. The scorching heat, the struggle to find a pristine spot amidst the footprints, and the physical toll it had taken on me—it all became part of the epic tale that accompanied my awe-inspiring landscape photograph.

And so, with my heart full of joy and my memory card brimming with beautiful photographs. I share this photograph with you…

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