Everywhere you look in the high desert there is pattern, color, and deep beauty. The enormous rock formations take your breath away, but the small sights along the trail are what fascinate me. Ordinary plants, trees, and rocks, but the way life has adapted to the harsh climate is absolute genius.
The Native Americans understood the uses of these plants so well–camphor weed for cuts, horsetail reeds for bruises and broken bones (silicon), broom snake bush for snake bites, willow bark for fever, willow branches for bows and baskets, yucca leaves for weaving sandals, soft “lamb’s ear” leaves for lining them, yucca threads for braiding cordage, soap tree yucca roots for shampoo, “trail mix” from dried Juniper and Himalayan berries and venison jerky, etc.
Here’s a little phone camera trip through the desert kaleidoscope!
Astonishing abundance if you look hard enough.