Biologists have used the expression “Survival of the Fittest” to explain life in the desert. Sonoran Desert Tortoises can go without drinking water for one year and the Circus Beetles never drink water.

How several desert native species are able to survive in such harsh and remote environments becomes a lesson for us as humans.

When people ask me about my obsession about the desert, it raises for me another question, a mark of reflection: How does a living creature not only live fully but also thrive in a place where there is no hope of survival?

In my last days here in the semi-arid Sonoran Desert in California – after a few days in the Desert of San Rafael in Utah – there is still much to learn about protection and existence.

The extravagant and vulnerable beauty of these two deserts are not for everyone. It is not by chance that several ethnic groups, masters of the art of life in the desert, kept nomadic lifestyle in these regions.

And that’s why today I ask license from the nomadic Siberians and Native American groups like the Utes and the Paiutes to get inspired and learn from their lifestyle for my experience in the desert.

Under the scorching sun, the shawl is a protection; for the cold desert nights, a relief. The poncho offers mobility and a mooring pouch in the leg holster style, carries water and tools for long walks in the remote mountains.

P.S.: One of the tools is a plastic bag! That’s right. If you run out of  water, tie a plastic bag in the first dense vegetation that you find and then wait for the water droplets that come from the plant respiration, it will fall into the bag.


Shawl, purse and hair accessories are designed by Lunara Love. Visit her website to know more about her designs done in meditation!

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Ethnic inspiration amulets are designed by Justin Montoya. To see more “Western” and “Bohemian Rock” inspired jewelry visit his website:

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