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Need a minute? Try this Joshua Tree video. Very little happens.

April 19, 2013|By Christopher Reynolds

Especially this week, a minute away from everything seems like a great idea.

Fortunately, we have here “A Minute Away,” a newish video series in which our lens alights someplace interesting, settles in for 60 seconds, and watches closely while nothing much happens. No talking heads or music or mug shots. No crawling text-- well, almost none. Also, no one gets hurt. Just scenery and the sound of the wind and, this week, a distant climber groping for traction.

We add another video every Friday. The first Minute Away was downtown Moscow under pelting snow. The second was a calm day at June Lake, Calif., near Mammoth. Today it’s the granite, sand and traction-seekers of Joshua Tree National Park. Don’t miss the part where the puddle trembles.

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