DESERT LIFE IS THE RIGHT LIFE…
though I’m digging having the Maine Coast Life in-winter-with-fam be the right life while preparing for Desert Life.
Then Desert Life; that’s the one I’m after.
I might fit in some Gulf of Mexico Life (this image is on the Gulf) and some Bayou Life. Maybe a little Ozark Life and some upper Rio Grande in New Mexico Life. Most will have to wait, though, or be brief as all get out.
My main push is getting ready for Desert Life in the Trans-Pecos. I may be on the road a year this time, who knows. I need to be prepared and ready for a variety of scenarios.
Cactus Capital of Texas
I’m starting in Sanderson, seat of Terrell County. Terrell County has a population density of half a person per square mile, one of the most sparse in all of Texas.
I can vouch when I’m there all of me will be in the same square mile. My mind is already there.
Sanderson and Terrell County is the setting for No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy’s great novel and Academy Award winning film by the same name. The area is sparse, vast, rich with history and holds tremendous appeal for me.
Sanderson is the cactus capital of Texas, too. I hope to embellish local walls with murals of cactus using my painting skills, desert research and over 1,000 images made during last spring’s record Chihuahuan Desert bloom.
Near the eastern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, Sanderson is perfectly suited as starting point for deeper exploration of my favorite part of North America.
I’m anxious to get painting, researching the Trans-Pecos more in depth, using new gear for recording bats—Sanderson has a great colony not far from Desert Air Motel–and writing more about the most diverse, unique and historical desert region in the Western Hemisphere.
Desert life is the right life right now for me.
It all starts in Sanderson.
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