Couple of Miles
© 2012 Tony Mindling
Actually, the desert isn't silent so much as it is quiet. In that quiet individual small sounds become distinct. The hiss of tires on sand, crunch of boots on gravel, the whisper of wind through grasses ... and the birdsong, so melodious that I imagined it could be made by the spirits of the people to whom this rich place was home for thousands of years.
|Carisso along San Felipe Creek|
|Yucca baccata, or Spanish Bayonete, along a sandy desert road in Blair Valley|
|Teddy bear - or Jumping - Cholla. Watch where your feet go, or one of those cute little balls will be with you for a while.|
|A desert still life|
|Yucca and weathered granite boulder|
|Kumeyaay bedrock mortar (mortero), Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert State Park. A thousand years or more of women's conversation and children's laughter. Now the sound of the desert breeze, birdsong, and the crunch of hiker's boots in the sand.|
|Agave, Pinon, Ocotillo, ancient boulders and ephemeral clouds|
|Phainopepia enjoying berries of the desert mistletoe|
|uh - it's a lizard. Look at those great colors - orange to turquoise|
|Desert Dandelion and Cholla|
|Kumeyaay morteros, Blair Valley|
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