After an argument with someone you love a couple of hours out on the desert alone can really help. Or at least it helped me to calm down yesterday. There is something about being out on the desert that makes you realize just how small you are in comparison to all the nothing-ness that is all around you. Or at first it seems like nothing-ness but the longer you are there you realize just how much there is on the desert. At first it is hard to see anything but sky, dirt and weeds. But gradually the sky gets bluer or darker, or cloudy-er. Then the weeds become sagebrush, wildflowers, and juniper trees. The dirt wholes it all together. It may be sandy and blowing or just down right irritating but it is there to make sure the flowers, brush, and trees are able to survive. As you spend more time on the desert you will start to see the other lives that live there. The birds rabbits, mice, coyotes, foxes, badgers, and if your really lucky deer, bobcats, porcupines.
Here are a few photos of some of the cholla cactus that were blooming. That luscious purple color can't conceivable come from a stickery cactus but it does. And of course the bees were just thick on them.