From Washington State 13 years ago I relocated to the desert of Tucson, AZ.  My first impression was:  where are all the trees?  The mountains are naked and ugly to look at.  Spoiled with the privilege of growing up in a rain forest environment and not even realizing it.  I was now starting a new adventure in the desert.  I was determined to find the beauty in this dusty, dirty, treeless gem of a place so different then any other I had experienced.