I love the desert, and one of the things I love is that its beauty can be elusive. Not that the desert doesn’t have abundant beauty, in fact once you’ve found it, it can be as breathtaking as a waterfall in Hawaii. The desert, however, doesn’t care what you think of it. It sometimes even hides its beauty behind a cloak of thorns, treacherous terrain, and a hostile climate.
However, if you are determined, you’ll find intricate patterns of color caused by the varying mineral content of the rock and soil. You’ll find rock formations that look delicate, even fragile, but will stand for thousands of years. If you look closely enough, you’ll see the iridescent carapace of an insect or the luminescent, fiber optic quality of a mineral such as selenite. Agate and quartz add to the magical quality that is there waiting to be found. The majestic bighorn sheep, the trickster coyote, the kit fox, the cottontail rabbit, the horned lizard, and the ground squirrel all call the desert home. Even the cacti grow in almost unbelievable shapes and sizes, and can have large velvety flowers of purple, yellow, and white. If you pay attention to the scents, you’ll find the incredible fresh smell of earth and the creosote bush, particularly when a storm is brewing and the plants open to invite in the moisture. These are but a small percentage of the beautiful, fascinating sensory experiences the desert has to offer.