Fourth February Blog
Mustard yellow curved ridges,
Catching the sun’s early light,
Vie with deep purple shadows,
Left over from starry night.
Dunes, piled high by strong winds
That sweep on and on for miles,
Gigantic hills by coast ridges,
Caught with moist-laden wiles.
Sitting atop, are the beetles,
Carapaces wet from the sea,
No water inland, this is their drink,
The only respite there will be.
For some men, the desert, their mistress,
She rests, with no quarter given,
Must suffer the heat and exhaustion,
With searing dry winds they are shriven.
Camels cross deserts by caravan,
Carrying goods, seeking Oasis relief,
Men daring sandstorms and sunstroke
Dust that just beggars belief.
But onward they go to find water,
Where palm trees grow out of the sand,
Dates that are ripe for the picking
An intrepid caravan band.
And so as the dunes reach the mountains,
Replaced by pebble, then stones,
Bringing their wares to the peaple,
Then round again, back to their homes.
Cooyright Evelyn J.Steward. February, 2016.
The desert is a hard task master. Some say the Saharah region was once so fertile, trees, crops grew aplenty. I cannot say whether or not this is true. I was not around then but, I did once see a programme on television where a professor who studied water, amongst other weather related topics, was filmed in Egypt standing by The Sphinx, pointing out lines in the construction rock in the lower body. These, he indicated, were indicative of water marks. He also pointed to the sharp groove in the lower Sphinx saying that there were tombs, of a sort, certainly corridors beneath this colossus, indicating a lower ground height at one time.
I think he also pointed out that The Sphinx would not have been pbuilt this way if there wete a huge desert there at that time of building, possibly 5,000 years before the Pharoahs ( the programme aired some years aho). Now my nemory may be suspect on the dates and apparently, there is a controversy about this amongst various Egyptologists. What I am saying is this, that all that sand in the Saharah desert would have made building such an iconic edifice, a colossus AND be able to leave those special marks and grooves on the stone at the base of The Sphinx!
There are many different types of deserts all over the world. The Atacama Desert Chile, for one. This serms a more static type of desert, with rock outcroppings. The Gobi Desert in China, where many dinosaur remains and their eggs have been discovered.
The Namib! Very dry, as are most land deserts. I say land, because apparently there is a desert in either the North or South Polar Regions, possibly both. I have little to no infirmation about these icy deserts.
The USA has a few deserts. The most well known of these deserts harbours the gambling city of Las Vegas. We all know that one. It is situated in the Mojave Desert. It is a high desert and the driest in North America ( so says Wiki ). To the South lies the Sonoran Desert. north to the Great Basin and south East the Chihuahua. There is also the Colorado desert In the Mojave grow the. famous Joshua trees (or Yucca brevifolia). The joshua Tree has been widely used in various iconic Hollywood films. They grow at a fairly high elevation. I once found out that at certain elevations, these trees have a co-dependency with a small bird/ or some creature which is symbiotic with the Joshua trees. It is a while since I did that research so not sure if this information is still valid.
Then tnere are the Arabian, the Namib, the Kalahari and in Australia, the Victorian deserts and many more. What the ratio desert to normal type arable lands, forested and jungle across the central band of the world, I cannot guess. It remains to be seen, like the North African belt of Sahara Desert, how long it will take erosion to increase desert space where arable and forested lands now occur?
“Little wind eddies whipped dust from the floor of the desert, turning it into ever-rising whirlpools, choking the team as it blew across their path. The horses and camels, resting and eating, turned their backs, so that their eyes, nosed and mouths stayed clear of the dust. Some men had already donned neck scarved around their lower faces in order to keep as much dust away from their mouths and noses as they could. However, their eyes became gritty, even with hands held acrosd eyebrows as sheilds. The work had to cease whilst the wind played. Horses neighed, then shook their bodies, camels closed their long lashed eyes, sqidged nostrils tight shut, as if to say ‘desert, do your worst, I can take it’.
Well folks, that is it for this time. Who knows, I may write another episide of “Buried Treasure” next time.
So for now, ‘be careful, out among the English’. I quote. Try to stay calm in all conditions. Be good to yourself. Oh, and today is
My Daughter’s. 50 th Birthday today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAY.