Desert Roses

Rose. Pink  copyIf you had to choose, would you rather be a garden rose or a desert rose?
Have you ever seen a desert rose?
I didn’t know they even existed until we went to Tunisia. Rose of Sharon. 7.24.13. A desert rose isn’t like the Rose of Sharon, such as we have growing in August gardens here. In fact, the desert rose I’m talking about isn’t a flower at all! Tunisia. Desert Roses 2 It’s a rosette-shaped formation made from gypsum or baryte that has crystallized in arid, sandy conditions, often in salt basins. Evaporating Salt Flat Because they’re a product of deserts, they are often embedded with sand, and if the sand is infused with iron particles (or algae, as in this picture), Pinkish salt flat formations some roses take on a pinkish tinge. Tunisia. Desert Roses We do have “rose rocks” in the southwestern U.S., but true desert roses only exist in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Algeria. Tunisia. Desert Roses at Garden 2 Most commonly, desert roses are about the size of a small rose, although on our trip to Tunisia, we noticed some absolutely huge desert roses! Desert Roses These uniquely designed creations are used to adorn museums and courtyards, Desert Rose Conglomerate on Tunisian highway and the biggest one I saw was of monumental proportions,
displayed in the middle of a highway intersection! Tunisia. Desert Roses 3 So, now that you know what I’m talking about, which would you choose? Old-fashioned rose copy For fragrance, texture, and sheer visual appeal, I’d rather be a garden rose, Wild Rose copy but they are so fragile and never last more than a week or two. Tunisia. Desert Roses at Garden There’s something to admire in the permanence of being a rock, too, isn’t there? Desert Roses. Algae in waterInasmuch as we are called to be like our creator, perhaps we can be both. Rose. Orange copy In our flesh, may we be vibrant, fragrant, and lovely despite our frailty, Star Wars Tunisia. Desert Roses but in our spirits, may we be even more enduring in our faith
than ancient bones and desert roses!Roses witheringFor all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falls away: But the word of the Lord endures for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
(1 Peter 1:24-25)Desert Rose by Laura Pena from Wiki
“And [they] did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:4)

(This last picture was taken by Laura Pena in Tunisia and used by permission from Wiki Commons, but I took all the rest on my recent trip to Tunisia…except for the flowers, which are from my garden.)

4 responses to “Desert Roses

  1. Charylene Powers

    Beautiful post.

  2. Charylene Powers

    Thank you – I look forward to meeting and sharing God’s faithfulness in our lives over these past months.

    • Me too! It was great to see you this morning, if even for a second!! I’m 1/4 way through your book and look forward to being able to finish after I lose my kids in another 10 days. Blessings!

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