Our Desert Home

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Our Desert Home

 

“O Lord, how manifold are Thy works! In wisdom hast Thou made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches.” Psalm 104:24.

   For many years we lived in Southern Nevada which is located in the Mojave Desert. The Mojave Desert is a transitional desert fromm the Sanora Desert to the Great Basin Desert. Every desert has is a bit different from each other but in every desert there is very little water and very few species of plants. Death Valley is located in the Mojave Desert and is one of the most popular deserts to visit. It is a very barren desert with the lowest point of dry land in the world called “Bad Water.”

   Since there were not many trees, shrubs and grass you could easily see the shapes and the colors of the mountain earth and rocks. Not far from our home in Nevada was Red Rock Canyon with beautiful red mountains. We enjoyed visiting this area as they had many hiking trials and a nature museum which taught about the wild life.

    The average rainfall is 4.7 inches which means that there were many sunny days with rich blue skies. In July and August we experience the monsoon season. This is a very dangerous time as the earth is dry like a clay pot and will not absorb the water easily. So the rain would gather into the lowest area which brought raging rivers and floods and created lakes. Yet with all this danger the aftermath would cause many little plants to grow so that our desert home looked a little more green than brown. It was then that many desert flowers popped up and caused the desert to be full of life. Then the puddles would dry up leaving the mud to harden and crack due to the lack of moisture. Then about a month or two later, the lakes created by the floods now lay dry and empty. But because they were dry it made them enjoyable to visit as you could drive your car right on the dry lake beds, hike, hunt for rocks and have a lovely quiet picnic with our family.

   Since there is little water where we lived, the animal life is different. But yet the Lord provided oasis’ which we greatly enjoyed visiting. Even one oasis had a date farm on it! Also, many people would build their own ponds on their property which attracted the wildlife. We saw huge Blue Herron’s, ducks, seagulls, quails, road runners and even a stork. Nearby was Crystal Lake which is an oasis that has the smallest fish, the pup fish. Now where these fish lived, the water was nice and warm, just like a bath!

   Other different wild life included 6 inch centipedes that were white with a pretty bluish vein, wind scorpions and hairy scorpions which do not even have hair on it! We saw many types of snakes, lizards, tortoises and many types of spiders including wolf spiders, taranchulas, and black widows. We saw many carpenter bumble bees, killer bees and a wasp that is 5-6 inches long! The wasp is called a taranchula wasp. We enjoyed learning about the plants, rocks, animal life and oasis’ which the Lord provided for our education.

   Although desert living was very different we loved the desert because it is where the Lord took us and were happy and thankful to live there. We hope that you will learn much about were you live and enjoy everything that the Lord has given you to explore and learn!

-C. Fritz

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