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mohave desert, valley of fire

the desert wasn't quite how i imagined it, as jerry our tour-guide pointed out, most deserts aren't like the sterotypical sahara image, desert is designated based on the amount of rainfall. it's actually a lot greener at the moment (april 2005) as las vegas has had a lot more rain than usual, so all the desert plants are in full bloom, including some plants that havent been seen/flowered in over 100 years!

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Taken on April 19, 2005