Joshua Tree

October 3, 2015 at 8:56 am (California, Mojave Desert, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , )

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Joshua Tree National Park is one of my favorite places in California. It’s relatively close by, and I’m smitten with the “wonderland of rocks” and the quirky Joshua trees.

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As with any place, the “golden hour” of dawn or evening provides the most spectacular light, especially if there are clouds that provide an ever-changing backdrop, or a gauzy filter that reddens the lowered sunlight.

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You don’t always get the light full-strength, but that sometimes creates a gentler mood.

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Most of these images were made on the Hidden Valley trail. As with everywhere in the park with a significant pile of rocks, there were folks honing their climbing skills.

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It’s long past flower season in September, but a bright red tuna (the seedpod) on a prickly pear added just the right touch to an otherwise monotonous palette.

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Same rocks, different cactus.  (Cholla).

Loggerhead shrike

Loggerhead shrike

I almost didn’t see this guy, as I was aiming for a stark tree silhouetted against the sky. Normally the loggerhead shrike won’t allow a close approach, but as I found out when it tried to fly away, it had a broken wing.

Campground coyote

Campground coyote

I heard this guy barking/whining near the campground in a way that wasn’t quite domestic. So I waited, and it crossed the road and trotted through the desert. It’s probably the same opportunistic scavenger I saw in May at the same campground.

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I believe there had been a wildfire in the park years ago, which might account for some of these dead trees.

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This is more a portrait of the clouds than the landscape.

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I love the framing, with two Joshua trees book-ending the rock formation, and the naturally vignetted foreground.

Skull Rock

Skull Rock

An appropriate Halloween photo – Skull Rock.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary said,

    Such beautiful photos! Love the sky and perfect lighting!

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