Perhaps the most popular place in all of New Mexico for photographers, there would be no argument from me that this is the most spectacular scene in the state, and for me personally, what of the most amazing places I have been in the world. It is a world of 50% blue and 50% white. Those are the only colors needed.
It is a dog friendly place, White Sands National Monument, and Kiki and Artie certainly enjoyed their time at White Sands just as much as Jessica and I did! Maybe even more with infinite sand to dig holes in! Their paw prints are the foreground to the above photo.
Light and shadow are easy to find and photograph in White Sands. I like contrast and the afternoon light cast long shadows on the east sides of sand dunes.
February I would think is one of the best months of the year to visit White Sands. The temperature was in the 50s Fahrenheit and there were not many people. Straying from the marked paths in the sand soon allowed complete solitude, such that one felt as if on another world, alone, but not lonely.
The 50% blue and 50% white of White Sands does not get interrupted until the sun starts to set. Then the white sand canvas gets painted with the sun's choice of color for that day. Shadows went from gray to blue. The sun chose orange for the sand canvas.
It is important to appreciate your time in White Sands and not just go crazy taking photo after photo, which would be very easy to do. I got my shots and my sunset shots, but paused and stepped away from my camera and tripod too.