Dry, Rugged Places

At first glance, badlands and deserts may appear desolate and inhospitable.  Yet these stark landscapes have a simplicity that is beautiful in itself.  The contrast with oceans and forested mountains is striking, yet they have much in common:  important habitat for certain plants and animals, places of quiet as well as dramatic events, and places that add to the human spirit.

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Joshua Tree, national park, granite, boulders, Hasselblad, blue, Jumbo Rocks
Joshua Tree, national park, granite, shadows, morning
Joshua Tree, granite, boulders, blue, sky, cloud, national park, California
Death Valley National Park, California, sand dunes, desert, Stovepipe Wells
Joshua Tree National Park, California, cholla cactus, sunrise
Joshua Tree National Park, California, red flowers, granite
Death Valley National Park, California, sand dunes, footprints
Alvord Desert, Oregon, playa, tire tracks
Leslie Gulch, Oregon, crescent moon, sunrise
Leslie Gulch, Oregon, volcanic eruptions, ash, erosion, cliffs
Leslie Gulch, Oregon, crescent moon, cliff, yin-yang
Joshua Tree National Park, California, moon, rock