Joshua Tree

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. Wonderful photos; Joshua Tree is on my “Bucket List”, I am hoping to spend time in the park either this summer or next.

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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.)

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  2. Looks amazing MK. So many interesting places to visit! πŸ™‚

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    1. We are spoiled for choice here in Southern California, Karen.

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  3. such impressive
    desert survivors, those trees!
    i think i see you
    hanging safely
    on a line πŸ™‚

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    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! ❀

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  4. Wow…Nice images. I really want to get there someday.

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    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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  5. 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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  6. A lovely place to visit in winter. It’s great you included yourself hanging to that rock to give a sense of scale! πŸ˜€

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    1. Quite a challenging selfie, but someone had to get up there. πŸ˜‰

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  7. I’ll have to put this one on my list! Can’t wait to see and read more about it – particularly those indomitable trees!

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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.)

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      1. πŸ˜€ I like the idea of that!

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  8. 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. Time for another visit indeed, for you and I both! Perhaps we’ll see each other snapping happily away.

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  9. The Joshua tree reminds me of a cactus and a little bit of a pine tree.
    Of course, I have never seen anything like this in Virginia!

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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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