It’s hard to imagine any kind of life in the Mojave Desert. It’s barren, isolated, dry, and suffocatingly hot. You’d think nothing or no one would survive there. You’d think no one would choose to survive there.
But the desert is full of survivors. It’s full of the species that were smarter. There are trees that learned to grow roots for getting moisture out of the ground, and rats that learned to build houses out of tumbleweeds. Rodents learned to put their apartment complexes underground, and snakes learned to hide in rock crevices.
The desert weeds out the weak, and this is why I have such awe and respect for the cacti and wood rats and jackrabbits that I saw doing their thing in Joshua Tree yesterday.
Joshua Tree is about nature vs. human. When you visit, it’s about conquering the rock formations and extreme temperatures. But it’s one thing to climb a rock in the desert, and another thing to live in the desert. And not everyone makes it out.
This is the story of human vs. desert, and in the series of photos I took, the desert is winning.
Whether humans conquer it or not, the desert will always win…especially in a beauty contest.