The trip out west was very new to me. I have never been able to explore continental United States west of the Mississippi river, and I had never been in the desert, so I really didn't know what to expect.
My mind was filled with random thoughts such as... will I sunburn in the desert sun?
Would I get to ride a horse with no name?
What do people eat in the desert?
Will we encounter any criminals buying pseudoephedrine at CVS and large matches at Home Depot trying to get enough red phosphorous to cook meth in a camper van!?!
So here is a preliminary photo-essay of my findings from Arizona!
|In the desert, the sky is very clear. The moon is very beautiful. |
And the evenings are cool and there is very little ambient light pollution.
|Not a bad view to have in your backyard eh?|
|Green golf courses in the desert!|
|Made possible by dams and irrigation canals - open bodies of water is quite a peculiar sight from the air and on the ground. The air surrounding such larger bodies of water also feels cooler due to evaporative cooling.|
|There are some crazy and amazing geological formations. This little oasis of green and beautiful view is made possible by a small creek/river. I'd imagine after a few centuries, the stranded plant and wildlife will be rather unique.|
|This is a canyon next to a busy road. Very pretty - but somewhat scary too (I don't think the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a testing protocol for Arizona canyon plunge).|
|The road follows the canyon through the mountain range. It was a very scenic drive on another "cloudy" day.|
|Crazy rock formations eh? I don't think two-dimensional pictures do the landscape justice, as it is difficult to capture the depth and sudden rise of the rock formations.|