I lived in the Sonora Desert for over 20 years and I know the tricks those blazing summer temps can play on a person.
When I first arrived I jumped in with both feet because I had three kids who needed to acclimate and make new friends. We did everything we could afford to do and experienced all the community had to offer. We hiked a lot and went for nature walks in washes and mesquite bosques. After a while our lives unfolded as naturally and normally as anyone elses, and we were deep into school and social activities. Time flew by.
After over 23 years in that lovely but VERY HOT community, we decided to move back to Southern California. But I still have lots of friends and family in the desert, and I still know what that extreme heat is like…
Mirages are real, folks, even when you’re not delirious. They occur because light bends to move through warmer, less dense air. In the desert, the air is at its hottest near the surface, and it cools as it rises. The light then refracts downward, causing the eye to see rippling colors at and below the horizon; and objects change and sometimes seem to appear out of nowhere.
While working on this piece the green line seemed to jump onto the canvas of its own accord. I immediately thought “That looks like a mirage.” And so it is, dear friends, so it is.
This piece is part of The Splendor Series. Check out the originals page for the other eight.