One of my favorite things about the desert is its silence. There is a profound, all-encompassing silence in the desert that I don't find anywhere else. Sure, other natural wilderness places are quiet, but they usually have the sounds of the wind in the leaves, the singing of songbirds, the groans of tree trunks, the gurgling of brooks. The desert has silence. You can sit there at night and listen to what it must sound like to be deaf. There is a total absence of sound. In this silence, you can hear the desert speak, and you can hear the subtlest of thoughts and feelings within yourself. From that silence comes perspective and clarity. And that perspective keeps me coming back as much as the beauty and vastness of the landscape.
This is another image from my day out trekking around the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with Dustin LeFevre & Emily Dickey. It was great taking a couple of fellow landscape photographers to some of my favorite and most visited spots, and to watch them see things with their fresh eyes in these places that I've missed. There is an infinite amount of beauty and creative expression to be discovered and explored out there. We just have to put ourselves out there and find it.
"The desert has its holiness of silence, the crowd its holiness of conversation."