Not all desert landscapes are the same, you see. Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Calfornia, Oregon, Africa, India, and wherever the hell else aridity thrives -- they're all so vastly unique and indiviualistic.
I've lived in Arizona all my life. The 'desert life' here is quaint, alive, and swollen with high affection from its natives. Our flora and flauna's relationship here are as romantic as it comes, really.
But -- California's desert feels much different. Her sands are much softer and her wildflowers smell of an unusal kind. Joshua Tree feels almosts feels unnatural to me, like I'm in the middle of a "Land Before Time" movie set paiently awaiting for a dinosaur to pop out at any minute.
I really like it.