There’s something intoxicating about how the air feels in the desert, just like how the light hits.
Morning light is my favorite and most inspiring. Now that it’s warm, I’ve shifted my afternoon hike and mountain bike ride workouts to the morning. I could add sounds to the morning, since not only is wildlife more active between the hot and cold extremes, but mornings seem especially active.
From late last week –
surprisingly less vibrant than the green leaves of the monsoon season…but all those ocotillo canes with red tips
not thinking of El Paso’s agenda of 2″-6″ caliper trees, in double rows on 20-30′ centers…or how to turn a desert into a forest everywhere, with loads of water guzzling…green-washing for the desert / plant-challenged
only how good it feels to exert myself through *this*
where I sometimes park to hike or ride…yep, our backyard, in the city limits
Chilopsis linearis on every arroyo…commonality not always a bad thing
that Chilopsis’ blooms are so fragrant…in a subtle way, from 50 yards beyond
thanks E. – Texas Skeleton Plant, Lygodesmia texana
“the wash is where the action is” – Steve Martino…me, just climbing a hard uphill
a solitary Dasylirion wheeleri where the arroyo drops off, Prosopis, too
Opuntia camanchica…remember, brown spines, purple cast to pads
the blooms look almost artificial
Monk’s Trail continues to climb, I go the other way
now it’s the fun, up-down part
crossing the gnarly arroyo…more Chilopsis linearis, some Yucca torreyi, much sunlight
all downhill now, morning light floods Palisades Canyon and a far slope
When a freeway was a block away, I had my own enclosed desert oasis and miles of foothills open space beyond my block, so I slept with my sliding door open every night I could…most of the spring and fall.
Now, I still have the mornings on the trail, not as inspiring or serene, but maybe another form of those?
For we who have eyes to see and feel, let’s get in some natural inspiration and solace. Are there places you can go that get your creative gears going, to celebrate your place?