Persistence of Fragility

My photo of the month for January 2014 was made inside Sandstone Canyon in Anza Borrego Desert State Park and I picked it because it symbolizes what’s so unique about the desert to me.

Desert photo at Sandstone Canyon, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California, United States.
“Persistence of Fragility”
A shrub grows on a bed of granite boulders inside Sandstone Canyon, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California, United States.
You can buy a fine art print of this photo in my store.

Nowhere else does the fragility of live itself, and it’s persistence at the same time, become more apparent. The shrub looks like it maybe even went over the edge of the cliff above, and tumbled down into the canyon at some point – I’m not sure, but it happens all the time. And it survived. It found a way to plant it’s roots into the bed of granite boulders, and continue to grow. At the same time, any monsoon storm in the summer months might see another flash flood ravaging the area, forming the canyon, moving the boulders, washing everything away with it… before the place gets baked again in temperatures over 100F/40C.

It’s this contrast that makes the desert so appealing. The reduction to the essentials, the visibility of the raw, brutal forces of nature, that allows us to re-discover the miracles on Earth that are around us, all the time.

More to come… (blog post with the travelogue about the daytrip into Fish Creek Wash and Sandstone Canyon)

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