This weekend was a much needed retreat in the desert of Joshua Tree National Park. It had been a bit of a rough week as I just found out my granddad had passed away. My flight to head back down to New Zealand a few weeks from now to catch up with family had already been booked, so you can imagine it was a bit upsetting to learn that I'd never be able to see him again. Sometimes it can take a while to work though big life events like this, but for me I tend to pull inwards to work through such things. I can think of no better place to do so than within the silence of the desert. Looking forward to catching up with the rest of the family in the coming weeks.
The Boulders of Eagle Mountain
(the Chuckwalla picture here was during a later trip to Joshua Tree, at Indian Cove on the north side of the park)