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Joshua Tree National Park - Some Details

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 9 October 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I posted this image today primarily to show some of the key elements of the rocks and vegetation in the park.

In addition to the Joshua Tree which we have already discussed, there are two other very important desert plants. The plant in the center that appears to be completely "dead" is actually not dead. It is a "Black Bush" (coleogyne ramosissima) and is an important neighbor to the Joshua Tree and other plants and animals. The golden colored bush on the right is the creosote bush (larrea tridentata) This is a very common desert shrub. It has been utilized by the indians down through the ages for various purposes.

Now, if you look closely in the rock to the left and the pointed rock in the upper right-hand corner of this frame, you will see lighter colored lines or "veins" running in a somewhat perpendicular line through them. These "veins" are actually quartz. An amazing site is enjoyed, especially in the larger mounds, as these veins of quartz extend, in some cases, for hundreds of yards across and through the rocks. Unfortunately, I have no images of these longer strands of veins, so this will be put on my "to do" list for the next visit.

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Bill Brown from California, United States

Excellent composition and details in this capture Denny! Also excellent background information. By the way, did the hiker from LA that survived for six day in Joshua Tree NP without food or water, after getting lost, make the news back east.

9 Oct 2010 6:26am

@Bill Brown: Hi Bill - We have been pretty occupited lately bt I don't think much was noted about it...I may have missed it though. I have to say that I am totally unaware of it..that guy is lucky!! The temps out there can still hit 100 easily depending on where you are in the park and the nightime lows can be perhaps even more dangerous...thanks for your really nice comment.

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

That's better - thanks for the info !

9 Oct 2010 8:11am

@Nigel: Hi Nigel - Thank you sir ;-) I love your Blue Glass today...too cool...

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice photo
well done

9 Oct 2010 8:51am

@Soheil: Ho Soheil - thank you very much ;-)

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

So beautiful again Denny ! I'm impressed by that quartz vein... so straight. It's really interesting. Also the composition and the colors are fantastic, as usual :) I hope you're enjoying your hike... 5 miles, that's a lot (especially if you're carrying camera, tripod etc...). Enjoy it and have a fantastic weekend :)

9 Oct 2010 9:56am

@Tamara: Hi Tamra - we made it! I may post a few pics after this series..I am building a stock and also I may drop back my postings a bit..perhaps down to 3 or 4 a week...just too many things going on ya know?? All the best - have a wonderful weekend!!

Mariana Maodush from Waterloo, Canada

BEautiful image . Great blue sky and that tree is really perfect !

9 Oct 2010 1:03pm

@Mariana Maodush: Hi Mariana - Thank you - yes the blue skies are always wonderful out ther in Feb and Marhc especially.

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Neat series

9 Oct 2010 1:42pm

@Larry Elkins: Thanks Larry...I love your images yesterday and today...take care sir!

Phil D. Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

So incredible with all those shapes fighting for attention. Beautiful image.

9 Oct 2010 2:20pm

@Phil D. Morris: Hi Phil - Thank you sir!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Very interesting plants and rocks. The quartz veins are cool.

9 Oct 2010 5:35pm

@Steve Rice: Hi Steve - yes they are fascinating...there are so many wonderful things about that Park!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful detail

9 Oct 2010 6:28pm

@john4jack: Hey Jack - thank you sir!!

Julie from Easton, United States

That amazingly blue sky just pops right out at ya! Great shot!!!!

9 Oct 2010 10:27pm

@Julie: Yes it does even when you are there...thanks Julie!!

peggy n from woodland, United States

I love the deep shadows that make the rock on the left have such a unique shape. I will still remember the strong smell of creosote in the air after a desert downpour and in he morning, too. Nothing like that smell.
love ya,


10 Oct 2010 12:04am

@peggy n: I remember that smell too and it is just the most wonderful smell after a rain that there cold ever be in my is wonderful. Now that you mention it, that rock looks like one of those little hand puppets that Senor Winslas (sic) would draw on his hand with lipstick..rememebr that on the Ed Sullivan show? Man am I dating myself. Thanks Peggy - love you gus ;-)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Beautiful! I love the colors and details. Nice joshua tree, too!

10 Oct 2010 6:16am

@Bettina: Hi Bettina = Thank you - I,m sorry I have been missing you and Becky too! I'll catch up with you Sunday I hope...have a good one

peggy n from woodland, United States

Hi again, Yes -- you are absolutey right about Senor Wences and his hand-drawn character. Ha. I can really see it now. You and your imagination!! Love it!!

10 Oct 2010 7:39pm

@peggy n: I owe it all to youPegs!! Love you guys! And thank you dearie!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful colors captured here. And it's interesting to note how straight those veins of quartz are.

11 Oct 2010 5:54pm

@Steven: I agree. Re the straight lines, I think of it as any dense material (thus combating the argument that this is sandstone, although it has sandstone components...long story # 2) anyway, I think of it as dense material (granite) and just like a large dense stone when you hit it with a sledge hammer and chisel, the cut will go relatively straight - same thing when you cut bricks - this is what mother nature is doing here..sort of...then as time progresses, the cracks widen, erosion continues, and then finally some contouring or "smoothing" occurs...That is the "Denny Jump Totally Uneducated Guess" version of what happens...Thanks Steven ;-)

Sunder from Chennai, India

Superb shot!
love the composition, colour contrasts and texture....

12 Oct 2010 3:38am

1/850 second
ISO 200
8 mm