When I first moved out from Sacramento to this desert I live in now, I had a really hard time seeing anything but the brown, dead grass and the stark treeless hills. It seemed so ugly and drab to me.
In time, I came to see that I was wrong. Like any place, there is beauty here. My example:
It's a thistle flower. From this spiny jagged thorny, nightmare of a plant comes a flower whose beauty is enough to take your breath away.
Now sure, I like lush green forests better. Who wouldn't really? But just because something is different, doesn't make it not worthwhile. And I think that goes for a lot of things besides deserts too.