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The Essence of Joshua Tree National Park

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 4 October 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. The Park lies 140 miles east of Los Angeles, 175 miles northeast of San Diego, and 215 miles southwest of Las Vegas.Declared a U.S. National Park in 1994, it had previously been a U.S. National Monument since 1936. It is named for the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) forests that are native to the park. The Park covers a land area of 789,745 acres. Joshua Tree National Park rests upon two different California Deserts, The Mojave Desert which is a higher elevation (typically above, 3000 ft) and the Colorado Desert which rests generally below 3,000 ft elevation.

Joshua Trees are found in the higher Mojave Desert elevations. The lower Colorado Desert encompasses the eastern part of the park and features Creosote bush scrub; Ocotillo, desert Saltbush and mixed scrub including Yucca and Cholla cactus (Cylindropuntia bigelovii). However these plants, such as the Creosote bush and Yucca may also be found in the higher elevations.

Here we see, in my opinion, the four essential elements of this wonderful Park. - These are the things that make this park so popular: First, the Joshua Tree itself; Second, the amazing gelogy and rock formations as you see all around; Third, the various other vegetation such as the magnificent Cholla Cactus which we will see later in this series; and the fourth element is the wonderful scenery - the gorgeous views. Here we look to the West and we see the snow capped mountaind of the San Bernardinos and San Jacintos which lie between the park and the giant urban metropolis Los Angeles area. Out here, one can forget all about metropolis and become energized and alone with the spirit of Mother Earth. When we lived in San Diego for 20 years, Joshua Tree National Park and the Ancient Bristlecone Pines (I showed you a few months ago) shared the most revered place in our hearts of being a restorer of our spirit and energy.

We will talk more about all of these things during this series but I wanted to give you a general overview, since many of you may not have ever been to this Park before.

I have also attached some map lins for you if you wish to explore. I will try to provide you with as much information as possible. I have many images to show you so lets get started.

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

http://www.nps.gov/jotr/

FUJIFILM FinePix S3000 1/250 second F/8.2 ISO 100 15 mm

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"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

FUJIFILM FinePix S3000
1/250 second
F/8.2
ISO 100
15 mm

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