Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hike 14 - The 1,000 Year Silence

Kumeyaay Indian Morteros and Pictographs, Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert State Park
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

Kumeyaay pictographs

Phainopepia enjoying berries of the desert mistletoe

Wild Heliotrope

uh - it's a lizard. Look at those great colors - orange to turquoise

Desert Mistletoe

Apricot Mallow

Scarlet Bugler

Costa's Hummingbird

Costa's Hummingbird

Blair Valley

Desert Dandelion and Cholla

Kumeyaay morteros, Blair Valley
Photos taken with a Panasonic Lumix GH2, 14-45mm and 45-200mm lenses. Processed in Lightroom 4 and ColorEfex pro.

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