Desert Peace

At the start of our adventure, we hadn’t planned on spending so much time in the desert, largely because we were unaware that there was so much of it in this country. As easterners, when we thought of the desert, the image of brown, scrubby and barren came to mind, a waste land. Never did we think that it was colorful, filled with life, delicate with ever changing landscapes and vistas around every bend. Nor did we know that it would attract us, and spark a desire to want to better understand its mysteries.

#deathvalley #nationalparks

Death Valley National Park

The desert southwest is a place where the forces of the planet over millions of years are naked and on display. Tectonic activity, climate change, erosion and weathering in all of its forms are visible and at times confounding. Here is a place where human time is of little significance, history here is best marked by millennia, not days or even years.

Green River Overlook #canyonlands #nationalparks #utah #redrocks

Green River Overlook – Canyonlands National Park

The brilliant colors of the desert are emphasized by contrast; green trees next to red rocks, yellow flowers in between orange, emerald waters carving their way through beige hued canyons, puffy clouds with pink bellies in a crystal blue sky are just few. The sparseness of the vegetation often rooted precariously on cliffs, rocks or places that have not seen a drop of rain in weeks stand out as individuals each seeming to tell a story of survival and triumph. I have found my self looking at trees, many of them twisted and contorted, amazed by its perseverance and strength of will.

Life

Lone tree in a slot canyon – Tent Rocks National Monument

The desert is not a place for wimps and is not an easy life. Everything here is in a struggle and has adapted to simply survive. This resiliency of life, clever, cunning, and pushing limits is in my mind heroic. Nothing can survive alone and clearly the desert has a system, but it is a solitary place and most of the creatures and plants live with only distant connections.

Prickley Pear #zion #nationalparks #utah

Blooming Prickley Pear – Zion National Park

In the solitude there is peace, and in this space, a place for contemplation. In the desert, I have found a place of serenity and clarity, not unlike looking out towards an ocean horizon, or the stars on a clear night, yet different in its Earthiness. Here I feel like I belong to the Earth and we are both connected to something much bigger.

Arches #arches #nationalparks #utah #redrocks

Window Arch – Arches National Park

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7 thoughts on “Desert Peace

  1. Amanda

    I couldn’t agree more! Coming from the northeast we had no idea that the desert was such a wonderful and diverse place. After spending several months in the southwest we’ve fallen in love with this magical land and can’t wait to spend many more winters exploring and experiencing all that the desert has to offer. LOVE your photos by the way!

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    1. rvnomads1 Post author

      Thanks for commenting, Amanda @watsonswander.com! We’re in awe of the desert and are blown away daily by what’s around the next bend. Where are you wandering these days?

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