Joshua Tree National Park – A Favorite!

Cholla Cactus Garden Sign

Cholla Cactus Garden Sign

Close-up of Teddy Bear Cholla

Close-up of Teddy Bear Cholla

Sun Ring over Cholla Cactus Garden

Sun Ring over Cholla Cactus Garden

Mojave Mound Cactus

Mojave Mound Cactus

Joshua Tree Nicknamed the Telephone Pole

Joshua Tree Nicknamed the Telephone Pole

Bent Over Joshua Tree

Bent Over Joshua Tree

Large Joshua Tree

Large Joshua Tree

Jumbo Rocks

Jumbo Rocks

Close-up of Rock Formation

Close-up of Rock Formation

Joshua Tree Landscape in Infrared

Joshua Tree Landscape in Infrared

We always enjoying visiting Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert of California – it is one of our favorites! 

The spiny Cholla Cactus Garden is a wonderful place to take a careful walk (no sandals or flip-flops allowed). We got extra lucky when we visited because a sun ring formed in the sky above us – amazing!  More info on how sun halos form is at: http://earthsky.org/space/what-makes-a-halo-around-the-moon  

Joshua trees are fun to see because they come in so many shapes and sizes as a result of the environment. They are a member of the lily family. The rocky landscape is quite scenic, and is criss-crossed by multiple earthquake faults.  The San Andreas Fault forms the southern boundary of the park. More info about these faults is at: http://www.nps.gov/jotr/learn/nature/faults.htm   More info about visiting Joshua Tree National Park is at: http://www.joshuatree.org/

 

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 Joshua Tree National Park – A Favorite!

  1. Great post about this interesting place, Pam. I especially loved seeing that Sun Ring. My daughter had just visited and taken beautiful photos there a few months ago and I’d never heard of it till then.

    • Pam says:

      It is well worth visiting! We like it best in spring – you can take day trips from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree and Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Always nice!

  2. Your sun ring is magical.

  3. elisa ruland says:

    I would love to visit, it’s at the top of my California list. I was just reading about the drought and it’s negative effect on the trees. I hope el niño brings rain soon!

    • Pam says:

      You would definitely enjoy visiting Joshua Tree, and combine it with Anza Borrego and Palm Springs. February/March is an outstanding time of year to visit. I read that purple sea slugs were washing onto beaches recently in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a sign that El nino is forming, which might bring much needed rain next year.

  4. Oh, lovely. We visited California last some four years ago; I’ll definitely keep an eye out for this place next time we go!

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