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There’s an irritating sameness to a desert landscape.  At least to the untrained eye, like mine was.

desert landscapeThe vegetation at first glance is bleak and rather scruffy, suitable maybe only for scorpions and rattlesnakes.

santa elena canyonIt’s dry…

dry gulch

It’s parched…


It’s prickly…


And what little green there is if it hopes to survive has to suck water from stone.

coronado landscape

But traveling to unfamiliar places, like looking at good art, can teach the blind to see. Even a desert landscape – when you’re patient, when you allow it to – can take on a personality all its own.

coronado mtsdusty horizonsabino canyonsanta catalinasanta catalinaStop, sit, wait.  Be very still.  Empty your mind & sink into the moment.  If your heart is pure, creatures great and small will bless you with their presence.

bighorn sheepcoyotebobcatroad runnerdiamondback rattlesnakejavelinamountain lionowlmexican wolf

Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.

– Native American Wisdom

santa catalina