Holiday Greetings Desert Dwellers and Desert Dreamers! May the magic of the holiday season surround you! This week, we have been blessed by a much needed rain!
Away from the urban centers of Southern California, relative peace and reigns. The stars seem to be close enough to touch as they twinkle like jewels--all the common clichés come to mind. The Milky Way is visible to the naked eye!
What matters most is revealed in sharp focus!
Hopefully, this holiday you can focus on loved ones, giving, receiving graciously and nurturing special relationships.
I hope you will have time to meditate and enjoy the elements that encircle you. After a desert rain, the fragrance of creosote permeates the air! The creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) or greasewood survives the desert climate by retaining water in its resinous, waxy coated small leaves which, in summer, do not heat above air temperature. In Mexico, creosote is known as gobernadora, Spanish for "governess." Creosote retains water by inhibiting the growth of nearby plants.
Another aromatic plant is the juniper bush, one of the few desert plants that will remain a verdant green all year. Local juniper is juniperus californica carriere (according Joshua Tree National Park literature). Crush a berry and you will immediately smell the citrusy, woodsy, pine-like scent from which gin derives its predominant flavor.
As you experience the incredible night skies, the vast unpeopled land, the sparse, yet bold landscape – remember how similar this setting is to the that where a child was born outdoors to a young couple long ago in search of lodging…with no hint of an Airbnb or campsite.
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writer, artist, observer, social commentator. I arrived to the Hi Desert 3 decades ago - to enter my chosen field. At the time, I saw the vast horizon as the end of the world. Now, I see it as the beginning of creativity.