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I and sister “Sandra Moore”: who is also on here decided to go out to the dunes here in West Texas while she was down here for Thanks Giving . The only day we had to do this turned out to be really bad … We had a Sand Storm with wind gust anywhere between 30 to 50 miles an hour the whole day long and our temps drop down into the 30’s ! But we decided to go ahead with our planes and went on out there to see what kinda shots we could get …lol lol It was cold we had sand blowing everywhere but I do have to say we did get some fabulous shots for our troubles.

This was taken in Monahans, Texas with a Panasonic FZ50

More into on the History of the Monahans Sand Dunes can be found down below .

FEATURES and CHALLENGE WINS and TOP 10 PLACES

1. This was Featured in….The World As We See It or As We Missed It Group!! 11/28/2011
2. This was Featured in the…. Scenery Group! 11/28/2011
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4. This was Featured in the..A Little Bit Country Group! 01/27/2012
5. This was Featured in the…You’re Accepted Group! 06/21/2013

Monahans White Sand Hills Dunes

The mysterious landscape is full of rolling hills and valleys of sand , some of the most impressive you’ll find, and oftened compared to the shifting sands of great deserts like the Sahara or the Gobi… but these dunes are in Texas!
Prehistoric man hunted giant bison and huge, hairy mammoths here thousands of years before Columbus discovered America. Later, Native American tribes, mainly Apache and Comanche, frequently camped in the sand hills where they found a dependable source of pure, fresh water just beneath the surface of the sand. They also found plentiful game and an abundance of acorns and mesquite beans to grind into nutritious meal.
Spanish explorers in the mid-1500’s were the first to report the vast hills of sand, calling them “perfect Miniature Alps of sand.” The nearly 4,000 acres of sand dunes that undulate through Monahans Sandhills State Park are just a fraction of a sandhills region that extends about 200 miles and reaching almost into the White Sands region of New Mexico.
The area remained a favorable environment for Indians until the 1880s, when the Texas and Pacific Railroad selected Monahans as a water stop between the Pecos River and the town of Big Spring. In the late 1920s, oil production began in the area, now commonly known as the Permian Basin, and today Monahans is a marketing center for more than 800 square miles of oil and cattle country.
Resembling the great dunes of the Sahara and sometimes reaching 70-foot in height, the sandhills were the subject of much speculation for early conquistadors and later westward-bound pioneers.

The dunes are located about a half-hour’s drive west of Odessa. A majority of the land was leased in 1956 by the state from a private foundation (Sealy-Smith Foundation) and was officially opened to visitors in 1957. The Williams family of nearby Monahans also leased to the state approximately 900 acres for the park.
The area remained a favorable environment for Indians until the 1880s, when the Texas and Pacific Railroad selected Monahans as a water stop between the Pecos River and the town of Big Spring. In the late 1920s, oil production began in the area, now commonly known as the Permian Basin, and today Monahans is a marketing center for more than 800 square miles of oil and cattle country.
Facilities at the state park include a new Visitor/Interpretive Center; campsites with water; electricity, and shade shelters; campsites with water for tent campers; an equestrian day-use area of approximately 600 acres; a group dining hall (constructed in 1903 and first used as a railroad section house) with a kitchen and a restroom; a self-guided, 1/4-mile nature trail; and one working oil well.
The park is only a small portion of a dune field that extends about 200 miles from south of Monahans westward and north into New Mexico. Most of these dunes are stabilized by vegetation, but the park is one area where many dunes are still active. Active dunes grow and change shape in response to seasonal, prevailing winds, so the visitor may experience a dynamic landscape.

Fresh water occurs at shallow depths within the dunefield and sometimes stands in shallow ponds in low areas between dunes. A quiet vigil near such ponds at dusk or dawn is the best way to observe wildlife.

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Comments

  • canonman99
    canonman99over 2 years ago

    simple and graceful looking, nice art

  • Thanks very much…canonman99, for the Fav.!! its always great to see you! =)

    – Carla Jensen

  • Neutro
    Neutroover 2 years ago

    Splendid picture!!! Great work!

  • Thanks so much…Neutro! Much appreciated!

    – Carla Jensen

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 2 years ago

    Great image!

  • Many Thanks…Cindy! greatly appreciated!

    – Carla Jensen

  • Ainsley Kellar Creations
    Ainsley Kellar...over 2 years ago

    Stunning!

  • Thank you very much…Ainsley! much appreciated!

    – Carla Jensen

  • Fara
    Faraover 2 years ago

    Really lovely…………….there is always something to come out of a bad day………..cheers Joyce!!

  • Thanks so much…Fara! you are so right…I am so glad we decided to go regardless of the weather!

    – Carla Jensen

  • Anca Jugarean
    Anca Jugareanover 2 years ago

    What a nice composition and softness – sensual mother nature…

  • Thank you very much….Anca! greatly appreciated!

    – Carla Jensen

  • CanyonWind
  • Thanks so very much….Pop’s and The World As We See It or As We Missed It Group!! WooooooHoooooooo!!!!!!!!!

    – Carla Jensen

  • athex
    athexover 2 years ago

    Lovely image well done

  • Good Afternoon, athex! Thanks very much, my friend!

    – Carla Jensen

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    NatureGreeting...over 2 years ago

    November 28, 2011…. Amazing, and so beautiful!

    Please visit Our Gallery, Thank you, best regards,

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  • Wow! Thanks so very much…..NatureGreeting and the Scenery Group for the Honor of being Featured!! WooooooHoooooo!

    – Carla Jensen

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 2 years ago

    Carla! This is beautiful. I love the soft feel to it. Perhaps the blowing sand was a good thing in some ways!

  • Good afternoon, Barbara… Thanks very much, my friend! Yes it sure was a good thing after all! I am glad we went out there regardless of the weather!

    – Carla Jensen

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