Living Desert; 72 x 48 wall hanging with lightly metallic "sun" touches
This particular scene is not from any photograph, but rather is a composite of memories of what Joshua Tree National Monument feels like to me.
My pilgrimages into the California Desert have left me with some of my most inspired images and sensations. I carry these impressions with me all the time...when I focus I can feel the intense heat of an August day, smell the quartz-laden sand and wind-tossed brush...and most of all, hear the immense silence of the desert. In fact, on my first walk in Joshua Tree I found the jingling of my car keys in my pocket to be unbearably loud; I wrapped them in my hankie so the immense silence could swallow me whole, unchallenged by any sounds from civilization. This same trip I slept on a picnic table in a hastily purchased sleeping bag, unencumbered (and admittedly, unprepared) by the trappings of modern camping such as a tent. When I'm having a crazy day, I escape and rebalance for a few minutes by returning (in my mind only, unfortunately) to one of the many rockpiles I've scrambled up to bask in the sun, gaze out at the distant rock creations that look like they were tossed down by the hand of the Creator, and let the wind wash me clean.
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