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Desert Wood

Barring destructive forces such as fire and flood, ancient wood in the bone-dry air of a hot desert attains a level of permanencea akin to stone. But unlike stone, desiccated wood undergoes imperceptible changes in appearance as it ages under a relentless sun.  In the process, the wood almost magically assumes many of the same brown, gray, and pale blue hues of the adjacent mountains within the Basin and Range Province. These are images of repurposed railroad ties -- dating to the 19th Century -- used to wall an abandoned settler's cabin in the Mojave Desert of southern Nevada.

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