California: Return to Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree and Rocky Landscape

Joshua Tree and Rocky Landscape

Each Joshua Tree Has a Unique Shape

Each Joshua Tree Has a Unique Shape

Flowering Joshua Tree

Flowering Joshua Tree

Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus

Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus

Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus

Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus

Joshua Tree is one of our favorite national parks (near Twentynine Palms, California). The trees are giant members of the Yucca family. The largest tree in the park is 42 feet tall, 34 feet wide, and has a trunk 9 feet around. Although trees start off growth as a single stalk, each one quickly develops its own unique shape due to damage to the growing tips. Joshua trees have a very important role in the Mojave High Desert ecosystem. This beautiful landscape has been featured in many movies and TV shows. More info is at: http://www.nps.gov/jotr/naturescience/jtrees.htm   A previous post is at: https://naturetime.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/joshua-tree-national-park/

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

10 Responses to California: Return to Joshua Tree National Park

  1. jbw0123 says:

    Beautiful. A lot like people, those Joshua trees. All shapes and sizes.

    • Pam says:

      Variety is the spice of life. I love these trees. One is nicknamed the “telephone pole” because of how straight and tall it is compared to the other ones. It’s hard driving very far into the park when you keep stopping to look at all the shapes!

  2. elisa ruland says:

    You must feel breathless after a visit to Joshua Tree. Gorgeous photos and subject!

  3. Pam, Gorgeous photos! I had no idea that the trees got that large. How long do they live? ~Terri

    • Pam says:

      They generally live 150 years, but a few of the oldest are estimated to be 300-500 years old. They are real treasures!

  4. Aquileana says:

    Wonderful photos… I couldn’t avoid thinking in U2’s album “The Joshua tree”. Beautiful. Aquileana 😀

  5. SwittersB says:

    Oh one my most favorite places with years left to explore. Very nice images..thank you

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