I’m so excited to bring you a guest post today from my friend and fellow blogger, Jeri Walker-Bickett! She is a talented writer and blogger, and I love the way she captures the essence of the Desert High Country Landscape, both with her camera and her words. People often ask me how I can enjoy living in the desert, and I’m at a loss to explain to them why I find it so beautiful here. Jeri does a great job of putting into words my own passion for the beauty of our Desert Landscapes. Thanks for being here Jeri!
The Beauty of Desert Landscapes
Our eyes hunger for beauty, but what exactly makes something beautiful? Exclamations of beauty occur all the time without a second thought. Yet the saying comes to mind that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What strikes one person as visually appealing may leave a less favorable impression with another. Regardless of the subjective factors that shape our notions, our eyes tend to seek out those qualities that please us. My eyes are most drawn to the beauty of desert landscapes. But why?
I knew little of the desert until I spent my honeymoon in a tent on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The expanse of that striated gash in the earth coupled with the multi-faceted hues of a spectacular sunset offered color on a visually addictive scale. It’s safe to say it was landscape love at first sight. Fifteen years later, my love affair with desert vistas continues as I recently spent my anniversary weekend in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
Many of my travels have taken me to desert landscapes—Zion, Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands—the list goes on. No doubt, my admiration of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings helped reinforce the paradox that is the complex simplicity of the desert. From afar, our planet is awash in the abundance connoted by shades of blue, green, and white. Perhaps I find the stark grandeur of the desert more appealing because its beauty comes from a lack of abundance. The harsh weather of the high mountain desert goes from one extreme to the next with lightening speed.
There’s also something to be said about desert architecture and how it takes cues from its surroundings by blending in rather than standing out. From the earthen mass at the World Heritage Site of Taos Pueblo to pergolas and fences everywhere made from weathered sticks, nothing feels forced or too out of place. The link between culture and landscape strikes me as being most beautiful of all. The color scheme of the land dictates the patterns adopted for civilization, not vice versa as is so often the case.
I’m not a trained artist in the visual sense, though I do enjoy taking photographs. It’s been said there’s a certain quality to the light in the Sante Fe area much like the light in Provance, France. Judging by the number of artists who flock to the area it must be true. Such beauty offers inspiration and always keeps me wanting to discover more.
Do your eyes hunger for the beauty of desert landscapes? What defines beauty for you?
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Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB) writes short stories, creative nonfiction, and psychological suspense. The rough Idaho mining town she grew up in populates her literary landscape. She also works as a freelance editor. You can connect with her at JeriWB.com.