Letters From the Desert

Chris Clarke
Natural history, environmental issues, and other ruminations from the Mojave Desert by Chris Clarke
Created 01 May 2019
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  • Letter From the Desert: Predation
    13 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    PSA: the 90 Miles from Needles team could use your help with our inaugural episode, to be launched in January. Here's how you can take part. This does not require that you live in the desert! In fact,...
  • Letter From the Desert: Scars
    27 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    PSA: We’ve got most of the first two episodes of 90 Miles From Needles recorded, and editing is underway. We are stoked. The podcast launches in January. You can make the show happen and get exclusive...
  • Letter From the Desert: Dogs and the IPCC
    15 Aug 2021 • 8 min read
    PSA: Progress on the podcast continues! Website is here. Meet my co-host here. If you like the idea of me doing a podcast on desert protection you can support us here. Thank you! The Sixth Assessment ...
  • Letter From the Desert: Hot
    04 Jul 2021 • 7 min read
    First things first: My new desert protection podcast 90 Miles From Needles is launching January 2022. From our explanatory text: The North American desert is split by county, state, and national borde...
  • Letter From the Desert: Senitas and Sacrifices
    13 Jun 2021 • 12 min read
    It’s a completely reasonable 99°F at 3:00 pm, but I’m still sweating. I am preoccupied. I am keeping company with three species of column cacti. The long drive across the Tohono O’odham Reservation fr...
  • Letter From the Desert: Joshua Forest Parkway
    29 May 2021 • 4 min read
    The first time I saw them they seemed bright blue. Or perhaps not so much bright blue as bright and blue, that waxy, whitish intermediate between blue and green that the botanists call “glaucous.” It ...
  • Letter From the Desert: Is Joshua Tree Over?
    05 May 2021 • 7 min read
    Patient Zero Some of us knew there was trouble when people first started painting their houses black. You don’t do that in the desert. Don’t take that the wrong way. We are remarkably tolerant of diff...
  • Letter From the Desert: Wee Thump
    24 Mar 2021 • 3 min read • 7 1
    Spirit Mountain/Avi Kwa Ame from Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness It happens every time I’m here. I will be walking along, minding my own business, lost in my own thoughts, and then someone starts sho...
  • Letters From the Desert: Old Woman Mountains
    07 Mar 2021 • 6 min read • 12 0
    For those who don’t read all the way through: I’m raising money for the Mojave Desert Land Trust this month. I’m hiking at least 50 miles by March 31 and hoping to raise $2,000 for MDLT thereby. Check...
  • Letter From the Desert: Back on Cima Dome
    10 Feb 2021 • 6 min read • 10 0
    Cima, CA Feb 6, 2021, 12:30 pm. So. I am spending time with my eyes shut. Here for an hour, and still hearing my blood vessels shrieking. A Pinacate beetle five feet in front of me walks with the usua...
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