One of the things that allows us the make such great unique pieces of art are the extreme conditions that exist in the desert environment. The extreme temperature swings alone change the characteristics of the objects we work with to create our art. Temperatures have been known to go as low as 8 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 119 Fahrenheit in August. In addition, on a daily basis it can be very hot all day and then drop way down overnight. During the summer months, the temperature remains extremely warm with the low never dropping below 90 degrees July through August.
In addition to the temperatures, the desert experiences extreme wind conditions that greatly effect the objects that we use by moving them around and having them rub against various objects that all have different weights and textures. In late winter and early spring the desert experiences its strongest winds with sustained winds hovering around 25 mph with gusts of wind hitting as high as 75 mph. These winds create the dust and erodes the objects that we use to tell our tales of the desert.
The one weather item that is fairly stable is the humidity. Most of the year the humidity sits right around 40% and really only increases to about 50% when it rain during the summer months.
The Mojave desert on average only sees 5 inches of rain or snow all year!
The heat and dryness off the desert can make it difficult place to be, however many types of flora and fauna have learned how to flourish in the desert’s extreme conditions.
The most famous plant in the Mojave is of course the Joshua tree. However there are plenty of other flora that are in the desert that you will really learn to appreciate as you view our art.
For example the Bristle Brush is a great shrub. The Brittle Brush grows between two to five feet from the ground. The Bristle Brush typically grows from March until June and when they bloom they add a glorious yellow color to the desert. Another flora we enjoy is the Mojave Aster which is a member of the sunflower family. These splendid flowers have a purple rim with a yellow disk in the middle and typically bloom March through May.
In addition to the beauty of the flora, we also adore the wonder of the desert fauna. One of our favorites is the Bighorn Sheep who can weigh over 300 lbs and travel in herds of about 8-10. They have adapted well to the desert often going for weeks without any water. They live off the grass and the cacti and are great climbers. You will find quite a few of their antlers as part of our art collection.
If you are looking for a unique bird, we love the Greater Roadrunner. A member of the cuckoo family, the bird is as spunky as his look. These little birds are well known for their long legs and speed. They are not known for flying and spend most of their time on the ground looking for insects to eat. In order to adjust to the heat of the desert the roadrunner decreases its activity by 50% during the day.
This is the wonder of the Mojave Desert. Even with extreme conditions, so much beauty is also able to live in the unforgiving environment. We enjoy seeing all that the Mojave desert has to offer and then using parts of it to design our artwork for so many others to enjoy. If you have any questions about the flowers or animal objects used in our artwork, please feel free to contact us.