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 Monahans White Sand Hills ~ Desert Storm  by Carla Jensen

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Me and my 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.

In this image the sand had started to die down some , but you can still see the sand in the air.

This was taken in Monahans, Texas Usa, at the Monahans White Sand Hills State Park with a Panasonic FZ50

More info 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! 01/29/2012
2. This was Featured in the…Shameless Self-Promotion Group! 01/29/2012
3. This was Featured in the…Lost In Space Group! 01/29/2012
4. This was Featured in the…Woman Photographer Group! 01/29/2012
5. This was Featured in the…Freedom To Shine Group! 01/29/2012
6. This was Featured in the…Nature In Its Entirety-NOTHING MAN MADE Group! 01/30/2012
7. This was featured in the…A moment in Time Group! 02/06/2012
8. This Placed in the Top 10 in ….The World As We See It or As We Missed It Group Challenge…. Holiday Brochure! 02/05/2012
9. Top 10 place in ….Just Pure Nature Group! 02/12/2012
10. This was Featured in the…HIGH QUALITY IMAGES Group! 02/24/2012
11. Top 10 Place in…Lumix Lovers Group in the challenge…What Inspires you!! 03/12/2012
12. This was Featured in the…A Little Bit Country Group! 05/05/2012
13. This was Featured in the…The TBORB Group! 09/13/2012

The mysterious landscape is full of rolling hills and valleys of sand , some of the most impressive you’ll find, and often 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.

Photography to me is a way to preserve the astounding wonders of our world. It is a way of bringing life to lifelessness, to stir our emotions upon seeing something fantastic.
Hope you enjoyed viewing through my eyes.

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Comments

  • Anca Jugarean
    Anca Jugareanalmost 3 years ago

    Such a wonderful capture!

  • Thank you very much…Anca! for both the fabulous comment and for swing by! both are greatly appreciated!

    – Carla Jensen

  • Jeannine St-Amour
    Jeannine St-Amouralmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Thank you very much…Jeannine! for both the wonderful comment and for swinging by! both are very much appreciated!

    – Carla Jensen

  • Roger Sampson
    Roger Sampsonalmost 3 years ago

    Sounds like quite a day you and your sister had! But I must say, I’m glad you went and captured this remarkable scene. My eyes love the hues in this photograph, so pleasent to look upon. This is truly what photography is all about :)

    Rog

  • Thank you so very much…Roger! So glad you love it! =0)

    – Carla Jensen

  • Roger Sampson
    Roger Sampsonalmost 3 years ago

  • Wow! thanks so very much…Roger and the Freedom To Shine Group for the Fabulous Honor of being Feature!! WoooooHooooooooo!!

    – Carla Jensen

  • Eden R. Knizacky
    Eden R. Knizackyalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely shot Carla, and congrats on the feature!

  • Thanks so very much…Eden! =0)

    – Carla Jensen

  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandalmost 3 years ago

    Stunningly beautiful in it’s start simplicity… Wow, you’re right, all of these are fabulous!!!

  • Thank you so very much…Restlessd! much appreciated! =0)

    – Carla Jensen

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...almost 3 years ago

    Just beautiful!

  • Thank so very much…Diane! =0)

    – Carla Jensen

  • NatureGreeting Cards ©ccwri
    NatureGreeting...almost 3 years ago

    STUNNING beautiful capture, and scenery!! Your image has been accepted in the Scenery Group ! THANK YOU!! Your host, Carolyn

  • Thank you very much …NatureGreeting, for the wonderful comment and for accepting this into the Scenery group! =0)

    – Carla Jensen

  • Laura  Knight
    Laura Knightalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent lighting….well done….

  • Thank you very much…Laura! =0)

    – Carla Jensen

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful image Carla….

  • Thank you so very much…JHRphotoART! Much appreciated! =0)

    – Carla Jensen

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