THE LITTLE GIRL AND THE COWBOY, WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT
Upon arriving at White Sands on my second day, I saw many tourists who were all immersed in their own bliss, taking advantage of the endless dunes in their own way. It being March and me being sensitive to the bright hot sun, I was walking around in shorts and a hooded sweatshirt. The cool breeze kept me from sweating and the hood kept me from getting sand in my hair when the wind would pick up and sling grains of sand at you. I spotted this large trailer off in the distance (about 200 yards away) and moved toward it as it were some kind of mythical mirage. I got closer and saw the man in the cowboy hat setting up his roping practice steer and waited for the action. I watched him over and over try to rope this thing all the while his young daughter (I assume) was wondering on the top of the dune above. I shot several pictures attempting to capture the shape of his lasso as he swung it around, and this one ended up being the shot capturing a perfect split second moment: the little girl is in mid step, the cowboy in mid lasso, both in their own worlds in one of the most interesting places on earth.