Friday, April 22, 2011


Even though I'm back now, in Santa Barbara, I still feel the echoes of Joshua Tree, the sense of its great quiet, and its space.

I think about the rocks, how their patterns and textures were infinitely surprising; and that so much of what I saw had the quality of abstract art. The proportions of the rocks too -- some of them 500 feet tall -- inspired awe. I recall walking through the park, drinking in the majesty of everything around me and thinking, "This is an exhibit of the world's greatest artist."

And so, I share with you one of the park's most stunning sights: the statuesque stone above. It stands 8 feet tall. I viewed the stone from near and far; it appeared different from every angle, but always magnificent, and always conveying the sense of having a living presence.


  1. Hi Anitra!

    That stone from the angle of where you shot the photo looks to me like the bottom of a Giants' foot. Take another look at the shot and see if you can agree with my interpretation. Maybe we should ask "Sasquatch" if he was recently sunning himself at Joshua Tree.

    I'm sure there's plenty of inspiration at this park for you to draw lots of paintings. Similar to yours truly,being a drummer,I come across inspiration for solos. Playing melodic and keeping time all at once.

    Don't know if it's Easter or Passover that you celebrate but whichever it is, I wish you a nice holiday. Best of health to you always and I hope those allergies clear up!


  2. Jonathan,

    Hello! I always appreciate your feedback and your take on things. You have the delightfully skewed eye of an artist. I'm afraid to say much about my allergies quite yet. We shall wait and see.

    Meanwhile, I wish you a lovely Holiday too. I was raised with the Easter holiday. I don't so much celebrate during these times, as I enjoy feeling the general spirit of people around me and on the street. First, the ambient sense of reverence and also the joy. And then, after that -- dare I say it? Chocolate :)

    My Warm Regards, ~ Aneet

  3. And oh, Jonathan, I have a little but more to say. I'm not comfortable with the word skewed that I used above. It's not the right word. I'd like to change that to whimsical. And no, I didn't see the foot comparison, but now that you point it out, I fear that I missed the mark with this post. I saw it as a holy man in robes.

    Though, I do think it's true, with viewing rocks and patterns and the like, that they tend to be Rorshack tests. Everyone sees them through different eyes. I always enjoy your take on things. Happy Easter Jonathan! My Regards, Aneet

  4. Hello Anitra-

    Absolutely fantastic descriptions of the landscape of Joshua Tree. Isn't it interesting how we all have certain places that conjure up such artisitc images in our minds? I know sure have some in mind.

    Have a lovely holiday, and I'm sure tomorrow Santa Barbara will be a picture of spring in full bloom.



  5. Joseph,

    So nice to hear from you. I'm glad that my descriptions resonated with you. Thank you for sharing your impressions with us.

    I'd like to send you wishes for a lovely Holiday as well :)

    Sincerely, ~ Anitra

  6. Aneet,it's dark chocolate,with a nice texture to boot. Right?? I think I hit this enjoyment of yours spot on!

    And yes,I can actually see that rock as a holy man in a robe! The little head on the very top,etc. I actually interpreted the head as toes like on the top of a foot. That's where I got this idea of the look of a foot. I guess it's all how we initially see things that can be so different from one to another! Jonathan

  7. Jonathan, I say yes to all of the above. have a beautiful day and blessings, ~ Aneet :)

  8. Anitra - saw your photo on facebook - you were mentioned in the going gray looking great section. You are still a very beautiful lady. God bless. (t.)

    1. Hello T.,

      Thank you so much for your kind and reverent words. I'm glad to hear about the Facebook post. It was fun to see it.

      I'm glad that you have found my blog and shared here. Welcome.

      My good wishes, ~ Anitra