I think there are some people who view deserts as lifeless regions where "everything is dead" or "boring". In my view, to look upon the deserts of the world as unimportant or non-essential is self-destructive. not just to our spiritual selves, but perhaps more imortantly, it is destructive to the balance of nature and the preservation of an entire ecosystem which is in so much danger now.
Already, the Joshua Tree is suffering from the effects of global climate change. The numbers of these beautiful trees - as well as many other desert plants - are diminishing for various and perhaps surprising reasons.Not only the plants will be affected. The impact will be felt by all of us.
This particular view illustrates a scene that was once quite prevalent but is becoming less abundant: A "forest" of Joshua Trees.
Because of global climate change and other factors, the lessening of certain essential insects and environmental conditions vital to the tree's survival are affecting the Joshua tree's ability to propogate. Consequently, the tree's numbers are dwindling at an alarming rate. Some have even stated that one day, Joshua Tree national Park may well have no Joshua Trees at all This is the harsh possibility that we could face.
We will explore this topic more as we move along in the series. But I am also here to try and convey some of the beauty and magnificence of the desert and to show, in a visual way, how important these places are.
Tomorrow, we will look more at the variety of rock formations and the various other types of vegetation that exist here along with the Joshua Trees.
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire