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Joshua Tree NP Scene 3 - Granite Shapes

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 6 October 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

HI Everyone - Before we start for today I should clarifty that all of the photos in this series were taken in March of 2007. Thus the blooms seen on the Joshua Tree (Yucca Brevifolia) as well as the other Yucca plants...it also explains why some of the other vegetation is green.

These fantastic rock formations are just a few examples of what can be seen in the Park. Their formation has taken place over a hundred million years. The rock is mostly Monzogranite, (a type of granite). Down through the ages, large vertical and horizontal cracks began to develop in the monzogranite allowing the forces of wind and water to further erode and shape the rock into various forms. However, some of the granite retained it's "square" shape (we will see examples of this tomorrow). Other rocks, such as those seen here, continued to be shaped more and more.

The surface of much of the granite in the park is rough and coarse. Many of the more gently-sloping rocks are easy enough to "scramble" wearing a pair of tennis shoes. Other more verticle blocks and shapes have developed a much smoother surface resulting from direct impact from wind and rain. These features are very popular with rock climbers who come from all around the world to practice, enjoy, and challenge their skills.

Many times, people come to see the Joshua Trees but they often leave with a new-found love of the rocks, as well.

FUJIFILM FinePix E550 1/450 second F/7.1 ISO 200 17 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

FUJIFILM FinePix E550
1/450 second
F/7.1
ISO 200
17 mm

monzogranite
shapes