Channels of water run through it to sustain an ecosystem.
The grasslands of golden green tinged with orange flowers are shallow fed by water disbursed from the wash in the foreground. The wash itself was created from the runoff of water from the distant mesa. Runoff from high ground in the desert channels into multiple washes that diverge and spread throughout lower ground providing water for vegetation and wildlife in an ecosystem of survival on the barest essentials and the minimum required.
The desert serves as a metaphor for living a life with beauty nourished by the least required elements and allowing them to flourish unfettered without too much intervention. The lesson for us is to allow life to take it's own course, letting go what we cannot control, allowing what is meant to be to happen.