Temps Mort (Photo of the Month)

My photo of the month for January 2015 is from a recent desert hike in the Coyote Mountains Wilderness area of southern Anza Borrego (I’ve yet to process the photos). We hiked on an overcast day with light drizzle, which added to the drama of this hard place. It’s one of the fascinating things about the desert: it can appear so doomed and hopeless, but incredibly beautiful at the same time (I shared some thoughts about this contrast in my previous post “Canyon Sin Nombre Plant Life“)

My friend Hans and I had hiked this (partial slot) canyon about two years ago for the first time, but when we returned now, we found it in a quite different condition: summer thunderstorms had washed away an enormous amount of dust and coarse sand that filled the canyon’s bed before, leaving a scarred and twisted path behind. It was quite amazing to see how much the flash floods caused by the summer monsoons can alter the landscape.

Towering Sandstone in Andrade Canyon, Coyote Mountains Wilderness, CA.
Temps Mort — Andrade Canyon, Coyote Mountains Wilderness, CA.
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