Painting by Carl S. Buell
The Hidden Desert
The California desert doesn't give up its secrets readily. To get to know the place, you've got to spend time here: watching, waiting, learning. It's hard to do that from behind the safety glass of a vehicle speeding along the Interstate. But if you leave your car, tighten your shoelaces, walk until you find an interesting spot, and sit there for a while, you just might start to see something good. Natural history writer Chris Clarke has been doing just that for more than two decades, and in The Hidden Desert he shares some of what he's found.
Joshua Trees, Taxonomy, and Divorce

Joshua Trees, Taxonomy, and Divorce

Owens Valley Water Wars Heat Up Again

Owens Valley Water Wars Heat Up Again

Antelope Squirrels Get Ready For Winter

Antelope Squirrels Get Ready For Winter

What Climate Change Will Mean for the California Desert

What Climate Change Will Mean for the California Desert

The Mojave Cross Returns

The Mojave Cross Returns

The Dog In The Road

The Dog In The Road

Autumn Comes To The Desert

Autumn Comes To The Desert

Cactus Removal to Begin in Joshua Tree National Park

Cactus Removal to Begin in Joshua Tree National Park

House Cats: Why I Don't Let Mine Outside

House Cats: Why I Don't Let Mine Outside

Winter in Joshua Tree Country

Winter in Joshua Tree Country

Ladder Pattern: Woodpeckers of the Mojave Desert

Ladder Pattern: Woodpeckers of the Mojave Desert

California Now Holds World's Heat Record

California Now Holds World's Heat Record

Salton Sea Stench: Get Used To It.

Salton Sea Stench: Get Used To It.

Gathering Nuts In The Desert

Gathering Nuts In The Desert

Why There's No Such Thing as the California Desert

Why There's No Such Thing as the California Desert

The Desert, With its Life Underground

The Desert, With its Life Underground

Thunderstorms Hit The California Desert

Thunderstorms Hit The California Desert

Breaking: Dormant Mojave Desert Volcano Is Dormant

Breaking: Dormant Mojave Desert Volcano Is Dormant

Monsoons and Haboobs in the American Desert

Monsoons and Haboobs in the American Desert

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