A White Sands Birthday
One of my favorite memories of my childhood was my family's vacation to Albuquerque, New Mexico to visit Uncle Wentzel and Aunt Betty. Dad drove us out there in our Chevrolet Station Wagon. What a trip that must have been for Mom and Dad with three boys in the back of the car!
The highlight of the vacation for me was when we went to White Sands, New Mexico on my birthday, December 28. The glistening gypsum sand was so white it looked like snow from afar. And, we didn't have to wear coats!
I treasure these photos taken by Uncle Wentzel, and the photos that Dad took over the years. They both enjoyed photography using cameras similar to the one pictured below. The images that they captured were what inspired me to learn about photography. The first camera I owned was the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, which was followed by several still and video cameras over the years, including the Polaroid Instant Camera. But it wasn't until I retired from teaching that I became immersed in photography, along with the joy and the challenge of taking photos while cycling the Cultural Trail most days of the year. It is a great way to keep educating myself about photography, and the health benefits are a plus!