the High Desert

I was surfing the internet and came across a photo of some art produced by students in a school in California.  The assignment was to create art using the colors of the high desert.  I think they did a wonderful job!

high desert colors


the High Desert

       So what is a high desert?
High deserts are inland high-elevation (commonly 2,000 feet (610 m) or more above sea level) deserts of the western United States.  The Mojave Desert is a high desert that occupies a significant portion of southeastern California and smaller parts of central California, southern Nevada, southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona in the United States.
       The Mojave Desert is also a rain shadow……..
A rain shadow is a dry area on the lee side of a mountainous area (away from the wind). The mountains block the passage of rain-producing weather systems and cast a “shadow” of dryness behind them.
And the Mojave Desert is home to the Joshua Tree – a type of yucca.
Las Vegas is in the Mojave desert as well as Palm Desert; and I visited Joshua National Park many times when we lived in Las Vegas.
My lampworked beads are influenced by the high desert including the beads in this necklace.
the high desert necklace
the high desert necklace
creating the desert in glass and metal

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