joshua tree national park

March 18, 2011

I’ve been wanting to post these for a while now, but never got around doing it. Here are a couple of frames from a camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park back in February. It was my first time in the desert, and it was amazing. I can only recommend going there – but bring some extra blankets, because it gets awfully cold at night…

Panoramic of the Eagle Mountains, taken from the Lost Palms Oasis nature trail in the Sonoran (Colorado) Desert at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The four-mile trail leads from Cottonwood Springs to a secluded canyon filled with California fan palms.

Panoramic of the Eagle Mountains, taken from the Lost Palms Oasis nature trail in the Sonoran (Colorado) Desert at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The four-mile trail leads from Cottonwood Springs to a secluded canyon filled with California fan palms.

A Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) grows in the Mojave Desert near Jumbo Rocks Campground at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Thursday, February 24, 2011. The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree's unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.

A Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) grows in the Mojave Desert near Jumbo Rocks Campground at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Thursday, February 24, 2011. The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree's unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.

Cholla cacti (Opuntia bigelovii) grow in the Cholla Cactus Garden in the Pinto Basin in the Sonoran (Colorado) Desert at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The plant is infamous for its spines covered with tiny, barbed hooks. The spines easily penetrate skin and flesh and are extremely hard and painful to remove. The information plaque at the head of the nature trail leading into the garden features a quote by J. Smeaton Chase who writes in his California Desert Trails (1919): ''If the (cholla cactus) bears any helpful or even innocent part in the scheme of things on this planet I should be glad to hear of it.''

Cholla cacti (Opuntia bigelovii) grow in the Cholla Cactus Garden in the Pinto Basin in the Sonoran (Colorado) Desert at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The plant is infamous for its spines covered with tiny, barbed hooks. The spines easily penetrate skin and flesh and are extremely hard and painful to remove. The information plaque at the head of the nature trail leading into the garden features a quote by J. Smeaton Chase who writes in his California Desert Trails (1919): ''If the (cholla cactus) bears any helpful or even innocent part in the scheme of things on this planet I should be glad to hear of it.''

California fan palms (Washingtonia filifera) grow at Lost Palms Oasis, a secluded canyon in the Eagle Mountains in the Sonoran (Colorado) Desert at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The oasis is the largest collection of California fan palms at Joshua Tree National Park.

California fan palms (Washingtonia filifera) grow at Lost Palms Oasis, a secluded canyon in the Eagle Mountains in the Sonoran (Colorado) Desert at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The oasis is the largest collection of California fan palms at Joshua Tree National Park.

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4 Comments

  • 1. Chelsea Sektnan  |  18. 3. 2011 at 2.37

    Wow! Can we go when we visit you?! Pleeease

  • 2. Clare  |  18. 3. 2011 at 7.45

    Wow, jealous! It’s beautiful. Almost did an Outward Bound trip here once but had to drop it to start at Mizzou. Hope you are well, Jakob!

  • 3. Jakob Berr  |  18. 3. 2011 at 9.07

    You guys have to go there, seriously. It’s amazing.

  • 4. Joshua Tree National Park  |  29. 4. 2011 at 5.12

    Aside from all the things to see in Joshua Tree National Park, there are a lot of rocks to climb. Seriously, this place is a rock climber’s dream. There are rock formations that that can be stared at for hours or climbed upon for days.


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