Joshua Tree Wildflowers

May 5, 2019 at 11:24 am (California, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildflowers) (, )

Cottonwood entrance, Joshua Tree National Park

First of all, apologies for not posting this sooner. I visited this area in mid-March this year. I understand Joshua Tree National Park still has plenty of nice flowers blooming at the north entrance and other areas – albeit different ones.

Lupine and bladderpod

While the Cottonwood entrance (southern side) was gangbusters, the rest of the park had barely begun to bloom. You can click on the photos to see larger images, and without the cropping.

I was there in late afternoon. Of course the campground was full, but there was an unsigned BLM site that allowed dispersed camping just outside the entrance. Since I sleep best in the car and not on the ground, and it was free, it was perfect. No potties, but a quick squat by the car in the dark of night took care of that midnight urge. (Yes I do take the TP to the trash.) The bathrooms with flush toilets at the Cottonwood entrance station were thankfully left open for that first-light visit for the – ahem – other need.

I was up before dawn, but so was the wind. It was too strong to photograph the flowers, so I drove back up to the north entrance.

I adore these smooth granite pinnacles, as do rock climbers, which makes it a prime destination for those who like to test their skills.

I’ll end with more from Cottonwood, and the wind farm enroute to Palm Springs. Another website also has a Joshua Tree wildflower gallery to help with identification.

Photos and text copyrighted by Cindy McIntyre

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