Poetry expanded on desert's beauty. Next Sunday? Cyanotype! by Dani Dodge

Our next activation at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. We will make cyanotype images of desert rocks and plants! It’s a process rooted in photographic history that allows people to essentially take a photo without a camera. Please join us! All ages welcome. All materials will be provided. RSVP here.


Last month, participants in our art activation waxed poetic about the desert and its beauty. Participants first spent some time in the desert and recorded words that came to them. They returned to the visitor’s center with notebooks full of ideas and images and turned those into beautiful Haiku poems. Here’s a few examples of the beautiful poems and images they created.

Joshua trees

Baby Joshua

tree makes me happy because

it’s growing like me.



Feel like they will crawl

on me. They carry their dead

finding food. Hard workers.

-Anthony, 7

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Tumbleweeds. Loners.

Brittle beings in the sun

Quiet. Watching, still.



Squirrels under a

blueberry tree just feasting

fearless watching me.



The Rocks

Some are large and small

All different colors and shapes

They are just like us.



Raven’s craw pierces

The desert’s silent witness

And cuts through the heat