“It is in the desert that Nature shows us its most uncompromising face. The magnificent play of the shadows, the comforting flood in light, and the gold glow of sand are there, of course, but only when the sun is low in the horizon. During the hours in-between, the sunlight is hard and unflattering, and it is then that the desert reveals its cruel side: equally beautiful, but disquieting.” – Arita Baaijens, Desert Songs
The city of Ridgecrest sits in the high desert of Eastern California, tucked between the Sierra Nevada, Cosos, Argus, and El Paso mountain ranges. It’s the type of place you transit through, the town itself is there solely to support the nearby military testing facility at China Lake. The climate is hot and dry, the landscape nearly featureless out to the horizons.