Just arrived at Joshua Tree National Park and I had to fire you a few preliminary shots! (Please click to enlarge!)
The geological formations here formed over 100 million years ago. The outcrops of rock are called Monadnocks.
Joshua Trees are native to the south-western United States and live mainly in the Mojave Desert where the National Park is located.
The geological formations in the park are some of the most interesting in California.
I have lived within a three hours drive of this place all my life and have never been here. Obviously, having gotten my first look today, I can not imagine why I never came here before! It is gorgeous!!
Joshua Trees scientific name is Yucca Brevifolia and it is a member of the Yucca family.
They are blooming now and I’ll show you this beautiful sight soon. There are lots of plants here I have never seen before and I will show them to you soon too!
I named this formation the dinosaurs spine because this is just what it looks like to me!
Cheers & more to you soon from this amazing place! I am jazzed to be here!
100 thoughts on “Joshua Tree National Park~”
Isn’t it wonderful what we still have to discover, almost on our own doorsteps. Look at the blue of your sky!
Yes! One can never see everything and I guess that keeps us all young!
Ah, so that is why I am shrinking…I am getting younger.
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I have ALWAYS absolutely loved Joshua trees! Stunning photography!
So happy you do & cheers to you!
I keep telling my husband “All I want for Christmas is a Joshua Tree!”
First you have to make sure it can live where you are !! Otherwise, I would expect one under your tree!!!!
a unique landscape, stunning, so glad you are excited Cindy!
To discover something this wonderful, that I always just drove by in the past is surprising and wonderful! Cheers to you!
how wonderful that we still keep learning Cindy!
Looks like quite a special place, Cindy
Different and a surprise to me! Cheers~
Only a link appeared in my reader, no photos. These are beautiful.
At least that posted! And thank you!!!
Awesome pictures, a place to go!
Oh the places we will go!!! Cheers to you~
This looks like heaven. Very beautiful 🙂
It is quite wonderful, especially overnight!
OMG Joshua Tree desert is my favorite place in the world! And I am in love w Joshua trees, have tons of photos in my home 🙂 Thank you for this post! xox
Had NO idea!!! Live & learn! Cheers to you~
Absolutely stunning photography, what a place! Well done 🙂
Very kind! Merci beaucoup~
Those rock formations are beautiful and the plants exotic! I love the Dinosaur spine! That’s exactly what it looks like to me too! Pretty kewl. Hugz Lisa and Bear
Quite a alien landscape, but so beautiful!
Wow! You are in my favorite place of all times!
Who knew? Not me obviously! Need to visit more! Cheers to you~
Thank you Cindy.They are beautiful trees.
Thank you Ranu, it’s a remarkable place!
Wow wow wow! Gorgeous pics, amazing place. I wanna go there!
Why I didn’t go sooner? Who knows. How glad am I that I finally did!! Very!! You will love it. Hugz~
Those rock formations look almost man made in some of the pictures. They look like someone piled up the rocks or lined them up in a neat line.
Is the Joshua tree pinchy ?
Yes the Joshua Tree has dagger like leaves over eight inches long!! The rocks are formed by geological action in the earth, many millions of years ago!
Cheers to you my friend!
Yes it is?
Cindy it is on my reader?
YAY!!! Thanks & cheers!
These are stunning photos! Wow!
Very kind and very appreciated!
You’re most welcome 🙂
This posted great! Nice photos. I saw something like this while driving from Tucson to Las Vegas. It was not as striking but did have some trees that looked like yours and the rocks had been worn away like yours also. However, like I said, they caught my eye but were not as striking and beautiful as in the park.
Yes they live in four western states, so you may well have seen them! Cheers to you Wally!
Amazing place. ‘Joshua Tree’ – now I can’t get that wretched ‘I still haven’t found what I’m looking for’ out of my head. (Our son is proposing this as the ‘first dance’ song after his wedding next year… I hope he’s joking, may not be LOL so much as *cry face*!). RH
Congrats on the wedding! Bittersweet time for a mum! Hugz to you!!
Right in your own back yard! Wonderful!
Sillly, that I never knew! Cheers to you Jasmine~
This must have been nature’s playground. The formation of rocks reminds me of my childhood days and I was quite awful. Just found out.
The rocks do look like a youthful giant put them there! But it was created by on own earth millions of years ago! Cheers to you Arjun & hope all is well!
It it!! 🙂
Thanks for carrying us along on your adventures. The closest thing to a vacation right now! Yeah. 🙂
It is quiet our here now, which is how I like it!! I love it when you come along!! You are welcome anytime! 🙂
I love this tree. [Sadly I only learnt of both tree and place via U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’ album.]
In my next two posts you will see much more of them!! So glad you are visiting & cheers to you!
I’m so envious!!! Going in April again. Magical images. Sigh
Good for you! It is a magical place, with so much to explore, especially when you move off the main road!! We’ll be coming back and back to see each season! Cheers Gary!
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Wow Great job Cindy.. absolutely awesome photo’s! Thank you for posting..
Special heart-felt thank yous!!! Now I see my post on the reader for the first time!! I am sincerely grateful to you!!!
I’ve never seen these beautiful trees before. These rocks are majestic!
Shockingly remarkable place! So glad you like it!
what an awesome place to visit…I’m sure now that you’ve had a taste you will be back… 😉
Oh yes, and bring the rest of the family!!
Beautiful, but desolate… especially in summer!
The desert is wonderful in the summer due to this, but short walks are a must!! 🙂
Like you Cindy, it took years for me to get into Joshua. It seemed I was always driving by it on my way somewhere else. And when I finally got there, I started kicking myself for not being there sooner. 🙂 The rock formations are fantastic, or maybe I should say fantasy-like. And when the desert starts to bloom, it becomes a world of color that begs to be seen. Great photos. –Curt
That is exactly my experience Curt, you drive through it on the 10 and think ho-hum. Finally, after deciding to drive IN it, the whole scene changes so remarkably. At least I have finally found it! Glad you did too!!! No wonder it is a National Park!
Absolutely wonderful pictures! Thank you so much for sharing.
Wonderfully kind of you to say so! so glad you stopped by!
You’re more than welcome!
Great photos of a beautiful scene!
I especially like the 2nd to last pic.
amazing place isn’t it!! so glad you think so too & cheers to you!
I love this place. The spiritual energy of the land is amazing. I was there in March 2012 in the first snow storm in decades. We walked to Skull Rock in a complete blizzard!
I was just at skull rock!!! It must have been other-worldly in a snow storm! Incredible~
I found the vegetation of the desert, its resilience, so inspiring. There’s something about the lighting too. I must go back someday.
I can understand why you would want to. We go to the desert several times a year, but somehow had misssed Joshua Tree, which was a mistake! Cheers~
Wow Cindy. What an amazing place and your photos are just wonderful If we ever get to California I’d love to see it.
Oh thank you! I hope you do & cheers to you!
Wow, beautiful. The desert holds a beauty all its own. Those rock formations are amazing!
Yes particularly because they are loose boulders stacked as if by the Hand of God!
I was just there this March, for the first time. THanks for taking me back with you…the beauty of the desert is amazing. I had NO idea. And the whimsy of the “Seussical trees” takes my breath away. Mother nature has a sense of humour, doesn’t she??? ;oP
YES! And so did Theodore Geisel! Cheers to you~
How beautiful — the rock formations and the scenic vistas! Thanks for letting me tag along.
You were a joy to have along!!
I had to click on a link to get to these lovely photos. They did not appear in the Reader.
To add to my earlier comment. Your second post did appear in the Reader. Beautiful photos!
Thank you so much for the update and the kind words!
Those rock formations are spectacular, Cindy. I didn’t know what a Joshua tree looked like. Thanks for showing me. 🙂
Ahhhh! That makes is so worthwhile! Cheers~
Beautiful photos of a majestic and magical place.
Your kindness is very appreciated!
For first beautiful photos Cindy and how particular is the Mojave desert with all those rocks/stones (it looks like a lot of people who are standing all on together) and the dinosaurs spine, so wonderful ! 🙂
I am particularly pleased you enjoyed them my friend and it is so good to hear from you. Heading over to your blog now to see what’s new with you………
Thanks for all the great pics!!
My pleasure and hope you are doing well!!
Thank you, Cindy! I am doing well. The project is finished and a new Art Gown will be posted soon!
Hope you are also doing well!
ooooh!! I have to make sure the art gown appears in my email as I can’t miss it! heading to your blog to make sure~
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