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photoblog image Delightful Dunes

Delightful Dunes

Unlike dunes made of quartz-based sand crystals, the gypsum does not readily convert the sun's energy into heat and thus can be walked upon safely with bare feet, even in the hottest summer months. Children frequently use the dunes for downhill sledding.  Four marked trails allow one to explore the dunes by foot. During the summer, there are also Ranger-guided orientation and nature walks. The park participates in the Junior Ranger Program, with various age-group-specific activies.  Damage is not done to the dunes - as they are constantly being shifted and shaped by the wind anyway.  But the plants are carefully protected.

 

photoblog image Thanksgiving 2015 24 b.jpg

Delightful Dunes

Unlike dunes made of quartz-based sand crystals, the gypsum does not readily convert the sun's energy into heat and thus can be walked upon safely with bare feet, even in the hottest summer months. Children frequently use the dunes for downhill sledding.  Four marked trails allow one to explore the dunes by foot. During the summer, there are also Ranger-guided orientation and nature walks. The park participates in the Junior Ranger Program, with various age-group-specific activies.  Damage is not done to the dunes - as they are constantly being shifted and shaped by the wind anyway.  But the plants are carefully protected.

 

photoblog image Thanksgiving 2015 24 b.jpg

comments (16)

that was new info for me, Elizabeth. and more beautiful images of this place!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's a truly fascinating place, Ayush! Thank you!
  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 15 Feb 2018, 03:23
I really like the lower shot, with all that unusual vegetation, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Ray! The vegetation was lovely - it was late November, so just past Autumn, heading into Winter...
  • Martine
  • France
  • 15 Feb 2018, 03:32
C'est magnifique !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Martine!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 15 Feb 2018, 06:52
The plants here must be very special ones
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, sir.... A different breed...
Plage de Gypse , je ne connaissais pas ..interessantes tes explications
Bonne journée
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Claudine! I'm glad you find it all interesting... I do!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 15 Feb 2018, 07:03
I won't make the mistake of thinking this is snow again, Elizabeth. We have very pale beaches in Orkney, but not as white as this
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile The color reminds of Dover! Do you think?
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Feb 2018, 07:09
I like the idea of the sledding. Very appropriate with the Winter Olympics. It’s good to hear that areas are protected and that there are junior programmes in place.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Sledding is a lot of fun - we didn't do it here, though! smile
The National Parks Junior Programs are very popular... teaching kids a lot about the natural world. When in a NP here, you'll see "NP Passport Stamp" stations - where kids can have their NP Passport stamped with that park's logo.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Feb 2018, 07:18
Oh, it has snowed! It is a fascinating landscape!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: The gypsum sands do look just like snow, don't they!
It is difficult not to think this is snow!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Even when there, Bill!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 15 Feb 2018, 07:55
I would have believed that this was snow if you had said Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Me too - had I not walked through i!
Ain't Nature wonderful?!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Indeeeed!
Oh, I assumed it was silica or quartz, not realizing it was gypsum. Explains the whiteness. The second shot is gorgeous!!!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It does explain that, doesn't it! Something else, this place! Thanks so much, Mary!
I would love to go...smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: C'mon over, Larry! We have a friend with a house in Ruidoso... not far away... that they rent to vacationers - a grand place! We'll meet you! smile
  • sherri
  • Arkansas, USA
  • 15 Feb 2018, 15:25
Beautifully photographed

beautifully displayed
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Sherri! Much appreciated!
This is so interesting and picture worthy. No more than 15 minutes from us is the largest Gypsum Mine in the U.K., all underground of course, this tells you a bit more about it should you be interested https://nottstv.com/huge-gypsum-mine-beneath-south-notts-kept-open-extra-17-years/
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Brian!
No kidding? I'll check that out over the weekend - sounds interesting!!
No, we're not kidding, this is snow, or not? smile

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