Traveling to the Mojave Desert was a pilgrimage of sorts for me. I am a desert lover and the idea of camping out under a desert sky and sleeping under Joshua trees had been living in my imagination for years, actually, decades. I can’t remember the first time I heard about Joshua Trees and the Mojave Desert, but I do know that the combination of these mythical trees and starry nights resonated deeply in my imaginings.
The Mojave Desert is made up of a mosaic of desert landscapes, Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands, Joshua Tree Woodlands, Cactus Scrub, Sand Dunes, Creosote Bush Scrub and Desert Washes – Deserts are anything but barren – and this place is rich in plant and wildlife. We heard owls, road runners, cactus wrens, quail and mockingbirds. And with my wildflower guide at hand I was able to identify the delicate blooms of cactuses and other plants I was photographing.
We camped in two separate places during our time in the Mojave, both were primitive camps, giving us the feeling of having this vast wilderness to ourselves. After photographing the desert sky star trails I snuggled down against the freezing night air, and just before falling off to sleep I heard my first coyotes yipping and yowling, announcing their presence – it was a feeling of homecoming and a rightness in the world.
‘Mojave, America Soundscapes’ is a 80 minute album and it was recorded near our second campsite at the foothills of the Granite mountains.
Put some headphones on, close your eyes and imagine yourself in the vast Mojave Desert.
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