Beautiful images by +Varina Patel 
*Album Theme: Deserts"

What do you think of when you imagine the desert?

I'm guessing you see sand and sky. Some of those big green saguaro cacti? Maybe a camel or a lizard? Heat. Sun. No water. Most people picture the desert the way it is presented in geography books from their school days.

And that's the desert. Sure. But there's so much more to it than that! If you spend time exploring - hiking, discovering - you'll find that there's a whole world out there that you never knew existed! I've arranged my Wilderness Photography album to showcase 25 of my desert shots so you can get a little taste of the incredible beauty of the US desert regions in California, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada.

I wish I could take you out there with me and show you why I love these places so much. It's not just the grand scale of things - the way you can turn in place and see nothing but desert as far as the eye can see in every direction. It's not just the tiny details - the cracked mud, the salt crystals, the breathtaking colors. It's not just blazing sun that parches the land and makes your eyes hurt or the sudden storms that turn bleak stretches of sand in blooming prairie and slot canyons in rushing rivers. It's all those things and more. Tiny flowers blooming on sandy stretches of nothing, arches and hoodoos that have been carved by erosion out of solid rock, sunrises that paint the sand a rich gold, too many stars to count, moonlight that is so bright you can see your shadow, and a quiet so deep that you can hear your own heartbeat.

Just writing this makes me long to be out there right now.

So, how about you? Have you fallen in love with the desert? Tell me your experiences. You know I love this stuff. ;)

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