Deserts are my favorite landscapes.
Why is that?
Reason says it's because I grew up in the desert mountains of Jerusalem, only twenty minutes away from a full-on-desert with all its bareness.
A more poetic perspective will tell me it's because of the desert's "vast openness and seemingly deserted vacancy of life. It's in the emptiness that we grow, emerge and create."
A desert surely isn't the most beautiful to look at it.
Nor is it the easiest environment to live in.
Not to mention the heat can be unbearable even for the heat-lover that I am.
But when I dream -- I am often in a desert.
When I am in a desert -- something instantly relaxes in me.
When I think of a desert -- I get a twinkle in my eye.
Is it home to me? Perhaps.
Here are some deserts I love:
*Wadi Rum, Jordan
*Joshua Tree, California
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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