On Exploring a Desert

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. (Antoine de Saint-Exupery, novelist)

A desert is a place without expectation. (Nadine Gordimer, novelist)

Night comes to the desert all at once, as if someone turned off the light. (Joyce Carol Oates, novelist)

The desert is natural; when you are out there, you can get in tune with your environment, something you lose when you live in the city. (Robyn Davidson, writer)

This creed of the desert seemed inexpressible in words, and indeed in thought. (T. E. Lawrence, soldier)

The desert has its holiness of silence, the crowd its holiness of conversation. (Walter Elliot, politician)

The Namib, meaning vast place, is a coastal desert in southern Africa. It stretches for more than 1,200 miles (2,000 km) along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa. (paraphrased from Wikipedia). Enjoy this

Enjoy this beautiful journey to fitting music.

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35 thoughts on “On Exploring a Desert

  1. That is a lovely video… I think the desert is the type of place that’s actually more striking in real life than it is in your head. I traipsed around the Mojave, it was just incredible – almost like a place that is inherently hostile despite its beauty but really doesn’t want to hurt you. It just is what it is.

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  2. Beautiful.

    Watching this, I am reminded of of just how perfectly our home planet is situated. It is just the right distance from our sun with an ideal axial tilt that generates seasons and with just the right amount of water, produces weather that promotes evolution. The average temperature of the Earth is 61 degrees Fahrenheit, a condition ideal for life in all its complexity. The balance is ever so fragile.

    The industrial revolution began about 255 years ago, a span that represents one tenth of one percent of the time since modern humans appeared. In only this brief period we are well on the way to destroying the gift that made us. It would have been appropriate, I submit, to end the series with a photo of tsunami debris.

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  3. The colors are fantastic, and the vast horizon is appealing to me! It’s beautiful to look at the photos, but a tough place to live in, or even just be in if you’re not used to the heat.
    Do you think mother nature is trying to make a desert in California?

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  4. I have to be honest here: I love to see the desert from afar in your video, but I wouldn’t want to go there. I love green, lush, verdant hills–the very opposite of a desert. But thanks for trying to convert me. 🙂

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  5. “The desert has its holiness of silence”….I remember a a long, hot, sandy, big sky, desolate trip, driving through the Mojave desert, when all of a sudden, in a moment’s flash, I had the sudden epiphany that this was a holy place,.. that I had been there before, in some other life…even though, in “real” life, I and most ancestors I know about, have lived in Europe and New England. It was an ethereal experience I will never forget. Thanks for reminding me about that, Frank.

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  6. Extraordinary images! Even though we are having a heatwave with increased humidity [worst combination!] I suppose it is nothing compared to a place like the desert and yet, it is so beautiful and inviting. Have a lovely week ahead! 🙂

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    • Val,
      I’m not surprised that you have an affinity for the desert … yet I expect you can find solitude in a variety of places .. some of which are unexpected. Good for you embracing the desert!

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  7. Beautiful video of Namibia and the Namib desert! I’ve never been there, but if I ever go back to Africa I will make it JOB ONE to explore that magnificent country. In 1995, when my wife and I were in Gaborone, Botswana, we met a man and his wife one evening who just that day had driven with three small children from Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, straight through to Gaborone – 685 miles. They were tired. Here’s the road map of their journey: http://distanceroadmap.com/road-map/Gaborone-to-Windhoek/62084

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  8. Beautiful desert video. However, I have to tell you that I just spent several minutes trying to find the annoying cricket that suddenly started chirping in my kitchen — until I realized it was part of the soundtrack for the video clip!

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  9. i am fascinated with desert eco-systems. A few years ago I watched the Discovery series “Plant Earth” and the episode devoted to the desert was probably my favorite. I was just fascinated with how small desert flowers that only briefly bloom still support migrating birds in their travels and the land that may look barren by day comes alive at night. The colors and rock formations in the desert are always mesmerizing. I’ve driven through a lot of desert, but nothing to compare with Namibia! Breathtaking!

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    • Debra,
      Every desert is unique. Many people have the mental picture of deserts as barren sand … and that’s probably more rare than we realize. Cheers to your fascination and joy for the desert featured here.

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