Happy Easter

My first post on The Soul of the Earth was on March 30, 2015. That was the Monday before Easter and this past Monday I finished a heavenly week in the same place I was nine years ago: the Anza Borrego Desert.

To celebrate this Easter, I thought I would send a bouquet of the Anza Borrego desert wildflowers I found during this visit to that land of great beauty and quiet. A place where the secrets we can’t hear elsewhere reveal themselves. Coming to us, as they have for so many for millennia, from the spare dryness of rock and sand, the warm winds, the vast, intense blueness of sky, and the scarce, vivid living beings.

Below the flowers are links to thoughts on the mysteries of the desert and the ancient celebration of Easter.


Beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris)

Desert lily (Hesperocallis undulata)

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)

Wolf cactus (Cylindropuntia wolfii)

Rock hibiscus (Hibiscus denudatus)

Desert lavender (Condea emoryi)

Creosote (Larrea tridentata)

Evening primrose (Oenothera deltoides)

Chuparosa (Justicia californica)

Fishhook cactus (Mammalaria dioica)

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White Pacific trillium with bright yellow stamens in Larkspur, California by Betsey Crawford

EOSTRE AND THE UNIVERSE STORY

The Easter story is an interweaving of our most ancient stories, the continual bequeathing of characters and their challenges from one civilization to another. It speaks of the depths of our connection to other human beings, even those living many thousands of years ago. 

Coyote resting under a creosote bush near Death Valley, California. Photo by Betsey Crawford.

MYSTERIES AT MY FEET

It started with a lot of mysterious lines showing up on the desert floor. It became a meditation on walking among the profound mysteries we find everywhere, woven together by more than our interlacing footprints.

Newspaper Rock petroglyphs, Monticello, Utah by Betsey Crawford

A LAND OF STONE TABLETS

The Utah desert sky is a blue so incandescent it could easily burst into flames any moment and start raining stone tablets, as it apparently has been doing for eons. They have our history on them. And they tell us how to live on the planet we share with them.

A GALLERY OF ANZA BORREGO DESERT WILDFLOWERS

Flowers (and a few pollinators) from previous visits.

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