DSC_2486Joshua Tree National Park occupies 790,636 acres in southeastern California, an area just a bit larger than the state of Rhode Island. It straddles two deserts — the higher & cooler Mohave Desert, and the Colorado Desert. Above is a Joshua Tree forest in the Mohave Desert portion of the park. The park is a popular destination for rock climbers.



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    1. Thank you Charlie. The photos really don’t do justice to the beauty of this place. It is a surprising combination of surreal landscape and natural wonders. I will be posting more photos from two visits this past week.

      (It’s quite hot in the summer, so perhaps a visit in winter or spring would be more enjoyable – unless you like the heat.)


    1. Thank you David. Yes, I didn’t recognize the person, but I do believe you’re clear in your perception – it is indeed me hanging safely on a line! ❀


    1. Thanks Chris. You won’t be disappointed when you finally visit Joshua Tree. My photos don’t do it justice — like the difference between a live concert, and a recording. πŸ™‚

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  1. I’ve always like the name Joshua tree. I know it was named for the Biblical Joshua but I see it as a plant with a common person name as opposed to some botanist or famous explorer. Kind of like having a Henry bush.

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    1. Or a George bush? πŸ™‚ As you can imagine, I have a passel of Joshua Tree images just from my two recent visits. The facts of this plant are fascinating – enough so that I should do a post just on that alone.

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    1. I think it will take quite a few more visits to capture the sights we drove past. I especially want to be there to catch the colors in the morning light, and again in the evening light. (It’s a painless drive, because it’s east heading into the desert, instead of west toward Los Angeles downtown.)


  2. Kat, her boyfriend and others from his family were at Joshua Tree same weekend as you! They did a very small bit of rock climbing, and otherwise had a wonderful-sounding weekend! Your photos are beautiful. I haven’t been there since I was a kid… time for another visit!

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    1. They’re limited to the American southwest, so you’ll have to travel a bit to see one. This is a good time of year – right now! It’s not yet too hot here (although it was mid-80’s here today) and I understand that it’s really really cold on the east coast.


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