When Inside moves Outside

In Joshua Tree, California, the warm desert climate makes eccentric dreams possible:

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is to post a photo that conveys the idea of “Inside.” I’ve probably done the opposite here, but it was irresistible.  I have always enjoyed the idea of blurring the boundaries of inside and outside, especially in homes.

Last week it was too cold to use this tub next to a home in Joshua Tree but it must be lovely on hot summer nights. Across the road, another resident has plunked her bed outside, 30 yards from her house amidst desert flowers, cactus and shrubs. The rumor is that she keeps the animals away by peeing in a bucket and pouring the contents in a circle round the bed…

More photos of things inside are here!

(My apologies for the poor quality of the photo – it was taken with a camera phone in the evening.)


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  2. I’ve been down in that general area. Spent some time visiting in 29 Palms. It’s definitely a change from the Pacific NW, but we were living in N. Utah at the time, so not so much of a difference. It’s utterly fantastic when the cacti are in bloom!


    • 29 Palms huh? – a relative in the Marines? (Me too!) The cacti were just starting. THe contrast between there and here is something to really ponder – all the adaptations that plants and animals make (and humans) to be in these places which are actually not so far apart, miles-wise. I would love to do a long study – compare and contrast – sink my teeth into it. Ha! No time for that!


  3. Very mystique shot! Reminds me of a bathtub we had in the garden of a rented bungalow on a holiday in Joshua Tree 😉
    Seems like a normal thing to do there…
    Greetings, Ron.


    • It could be the same place, but I bet there are quite a few people in Joshua Tree who have them – a normal thing there, as you said. People, like plants and other animals, manage to adapt to their circumstances, right?


  4. I have showered outside before, and it is heavenly. If someone peed in a bucket and poured it in a circle around anything at all, it would certainly keep ME away! 🙂


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  7. Such a creative interpretation of the theme. Your photo looks ghostly, I must say. I’ve never seen a tub out in a backyard like that before, I think it would be fun for me to try and have a soak in it 🙂


    • I confess I had to google that – I know who U2 is, I just am not familiar enough with them to know about the album – and it said they did a shoot there (in Joshua Tree) by a Joshua tree that later died. I took photos of Joshua trees in the National Park, including a few fallen ones. Pretty soon I will get them posted here! It’s an amazing place. Thanks for stopping by, and for your comment.


    • Thank you! I have to admit that in this case I took the photo with my phone in the evening so the quality was not great. So when I processed it, I blurred it a little more and reduced the saturation in keeping with the mood. Nice to hear from you!


      • I have had several trouble with the modem provided by the internet provider. During this rainy season (which hopefully will ended on April), lots of thunders and lightning at my area and has been damaging the modems 4 times. It required 3 days to a week for the modem to be available from the provider. I have not got any photo yet for this weekly challenge.


      • Oh, that’s terrible! There is a woman who blogs from Ecuador and she has trouble with her internet connections too, but I don’t think it’s weather in her case. I bet you’re looking forward to the end of the rainy season.


  8. There is just something magical about the desert. Maybe the light. I loved the tub photo. It’s just softly focused. And that’s nice for that subject. I love the cactus photos too. 🙂


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