What is a Desert?

What do you think of when you imagine the desert? I’m guessing you see sand and sky. Some of those big green saguaro cacti? Maybe a camel or a lizard? Heat. Sun. No water. Most people picture the desert the way it is presented in geography books from their school days.

And that’s the desert. Sure. But there’s so much more to it than that! If you spend time exploring – hiking, discovering – you’ll find that there’s a whole world out there that you never knew existed! Here’s a little taste of the incredible beauty of the US desert regions.

I wish I could take you out there with me and show you why I love these places so much. It’s not just the grand scale of things – the way you can turn in place and see nothing but desert as far as the eye can see in every direction. It’s not just the tiny details – the cracked mud, the salt crystals, the breathtaking colors. It’s not just blazing sun that parches the land and makes your eyes hurt, or the sudden storms that turn bleak stretches of sand in blooming prairie and slot canyons into rushing rivers. It’s all those things and more. Tiny flowers blooming on sandy stretches of nothing, arches and hoodoos that have been carved by erosion out of solid rock, sunrises that paint the sand a rich gold, too many stars to count, moonlight that is so bright you can see your shadow, and a quiet so deep that you can hear your own heartbeat.

Just writing this makes me long to be out there right now. I went through my portfolio and pulled together a small collection of desert images. You can click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.


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