Our youngest daughter Jessica recently took some time out to travel the USA, we shared some of her photos and what she found most inspiring throughout her trip...
We spent 4 weeks traveling across California, Nevada and Arizona, visiting national parks and reserves. The inland parks and desert are what inspired us the most.
Joshua Tree national park had the most incredible pink hue sunsets with clear sky every night against the rounded boulder rocks and dry bed of cacti.
Mojave desert was a vast space of dry land in 40degree heat. We came across a mound of sand dunes hidden in the middle of the reserve called Kelso Dune field. It felt as though we were in the Middle East.
Death Valley is called that for a reason. Entering the lowest point in North America below sea level, 'bad water basin' is a completely open area of a flat bed of white salt. It was so diverse here with harsh dark grey/black sharp edged rocks against the mountain landscape. Then the smooth, soft sandy mounds at Zabriskie point, all in the 48degrees desert heat.
Red rock canyon state park was a contained reserve filled with incredible rock formations. The natural rock textures replicated beehive forms with layers of rippled waves. The rich red colours mimicked terracotta clay.
Reaching Arizona to see the Grand Canyon at sunset. It was such a special moment to see it at golden hour. The orange tones of the rocks filled the scene against the sun setting, creating copper, gold hues. It was such a peaceful place, like no other.
Los Angeles - In contrast to the desert was LA city. Visiting the art district, much like the East side of London, representing style and creativity. Here the simplistic architectural buildings and smooth concrete finishing carries a minimalist style. The shops and restaurants here represented such a modern, clean look with a touch of classy street art.
Follow more of Jessica's journey on her Instagram account @jesshadds