Sunday, July 30, 2006

Mojave Desert Sunset (Lancaster, CA)

I'm in Lancaster now. East of Los Angeles, in the Antelope Valley. This is where Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart went to high school. It's also where Big Dog grew up. Back then, Lancaster was just a small, dusty town in the middle of a huge desert, but today, it's part of Greater Los Angeles' urban sprawl. The "no-man's land" between Palmdale/Lancaster and the Valley has been almost completely paved over with housing developments; "protected" Joshua trees have been ripped out to make way for another Walmart, another Costco, another shopping mall.
But when the sun goes down, the houses and buildings fall into the shadows and you see just the the outline of the mountains far away and the most gorgeous desert sunset. The sky is orange and pink and mauve. A few miles away from the residences, where the Joshua trees still stand, the wind and jackrabbits take over.....

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