Snow falling on yucca on White Sands


Another great shot from America’s public lands:

One of the world'a great natural wonders - the glistening white sands @WhiteSands_NPS. #NewMexico pic.twitter.com/dbzPpIfSRW

Department of Interior Great American Outdoors Tumblr caption: One of the world’a great natural wonders – the glistening white sands @WhiteSands_NPS. #NewMexico pic.twitter.com/dbzPpIfSRW

One of the problems of touring places like White Sands National Monument is that most tourists arrive mid-day; most spectacular views are probably close to sunrise or sunset, when the sky adds colors other than “bright” to the scene.

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Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders – the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.

Yes, the same White Sands where the Trinity Project first triggered an atomic weapon, in 1945 — but the blast site is actually about 100 miles north of the National Monument on the military’s White Sands Missile Range. Historical reasons to visit, as well as nature and beauty reasons.

I assume that’s some sort of yucca in the photo; can you tell more specifically?

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3 Responses to Snow falling on yucca on White Sands

  1. Sandra Williams says:

    Yucca flowers are the state flower of New Mexico. It does not designate which kind of yucca, so all are included. What you see there are the open, dry seed pods of winter. The flowers are naturally a soft, off white, almost egg-shaped and bloom in the summer. (Native New Mexican, here. . . displaced)

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  2. Debra says:

    Another yucca that grows in the area is Yucca torreyi

    http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=YUTO

    It is hard to tell from the photo if the flowers are pink or reflecting the sunlight.

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  3. Debra says:

    I am not so good at identifying desert plants but i think it is a Yucca elata.

    http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=YUEL

    It looks really beautiful there but I would be concerned about radiation.

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