The desert is especially full of striking light and shadows. I’ve always enjoyed stark contrasts, so maybe that’s why I’ve always felt drawn to desert landscapes–places where life exists in a precarious, but beautiful balance. For this week’s photo challenge, I’ve picked a weathered wooden portico that caught my eye while wandering around Sante Fe last May. It’s safe to say it was love at first sight with New Mexico. I’ll definitely be back again someday.