New Mexico Desert in Harsh Black & White

Desert as alive as the jungle?

My rural land photography work often takes me out into the desert were very few signs of life exist. Sometimes I scare a jack rabbit from behind a bush. Sometimes black beetles back their way over the sand. Birds may soar overhead looking aimlessly for food or greener perches. Plants seem to be in abundance in some areas of the desert, like the one pictured above, but how much life is there? What does desert life mean? Is the desert as alive as the jungle?

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

I converted this photo to black and white to make the desert look even harsher.