fit the battle of Jericho,
and the walls,
came tumbling down.
These tumbled boulders,
are in Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California.
Despite Southern California’s endless severe drought,
the Joshua Tree’s are still surviving, although under threat.
The desert desperately needs water.
Only the rocks are unperturbed.
Cheers to you from elegantly jumbled Joshua Tree National Park~
203 thoughts on “Joshua~”
This looks like a wonderful place. Thanks for sharing!
You are most welcome & happy you enjoyed Frank! Take good care დ
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Your kindness & thoughtfulness is so appreciated! Thank you & be well my friend დ
So many beautiful photos, Cindy! The Joshua tree is common all around Las Vegas too, beautiful trees when they are doing well. They can live to 400 or 500 years.
I didn’t know they live that long. Thanks for the information John & take good care დ
Beautiful place. I haven’t been there in decades – time to go back and see it again.
Yes! I hope you do. Wait for some rain and you will see the regrowth and maybe even bloom if you wait until spring დ
Those Joshua trees are quite amazing Cindy, thanks for sharing them
You are most welcome and I am pleased you enjoyed them დ
Such a special place … and trees worth preserving. Thank you for sharing its history and it’s precariousness in the future. Now is the time to stop taking things for granted 🙏💕
I so agree with you Val & thank you for caring my friend დ
Stunning. Nature by default a great architect and designer. Loved it.
I agree with you Mother Nature Rocks!! Literally დ
Beautiful. Yes super rocking moments. 🌹🙏
Thank you very much for sharing such lovely photographs.Take care.🙏😊🌹
You are most welcome & be well Francisashis დ
Great photo essay on Joshua Park! “The desert desperately needs water.” And we have too much of it. Nature appears to be totally out of balance.
It does indeed. And it is not pleasant to witness დ
The contemplation of these landscapes in your well-made photographs gives us that feeling of harmony between the rocks so that beauty that goes beyond compression emerges. Thank you Cindy for giving us a moment of relaxation and spiritual peace. Have a happy weekend.
Your truly beautiful comment gave me a moment of relaxation and spiritual peace. So thank you very much Manuel დ
How glad I am that it is so. Good evening
Beautiful photos, Cindy. I love the desert landscape. It’s sad to know that the Joshua trees are now threatened.
Thank you Rosaliene. Our poor Mother Earth is under an onslaught დ
Love those jumbled rocks… such an unforgettable national park. Great photos, Cindy! x
It certainly is different isn’t it, and a challenge to photograph in the draught with so much of the scrub brush completely blackened დ
There’s so much beauty in nature’s stark choices.
Yes, beauty in starkness and silence დ
You ought to know. You are always rockin’ Timothy. You should know, I just found a bunch of your comments in my WP spam filter. At least I could track this one down. Thank you WP for more problems for both of us დ
WP has a way of doing that. Thanks, Cindy.
I always look forward to your beautiful clicks ❣️❣️. Thanks for sharing this Cindy
You are most welcome & thank you for your very kind appreciation დ
In high school, those rocks were our favorite playground. We called them Goblin Rocks. Beautiful stuff and great memories for me.
How wonderful! They would make a magical playground დ
A starkly beautiful place!
Yes, exactly so! Thank you for seeing Sandy დ
I can imagine the forces at play here – marvellous rock formations and Joshua trees.
Powerful forces indeed. I like your imagination Anne, and your eye დ
A natural rock garden. So beautiful.
Yes. Mother Nature Rocks! დ
Strange shapes. Gorgeous shots, Cindy. Nature is forever fascinating.
Thank you very much Michele. Mother Nature never stops surprising us დ
My most magical place! It’s where I go to re-balance!☺⚖
I completely understand an applaud. The desert does that დ
What unique formations, one day is hardly enough to turn the place into pictures, I guess.
It is also so different seasonally. Spring, if there has been rain, makes the flower bloom as if in celebration of life itself. It is quite beautiful დ
Awesome text to accompany excellent pictures – hoping the trees don’t become history
Thank you very much Derrick. I share your hopes and concern დ
Good morning, I love the views.. the big boulders.. so majestic.. Hope you and the family enjoy a wonderful thanksgiving… waves across the miles.
Your lovely comment made me smile. Sending waves flying back to you my friend დ
What an impressive szenery!
Have a fine weekend, and stay safe, dear Cindy!
The same to you dear friend & cheers to you too დ
Thanks for sharing these beautiful images. I would like to visit this place one day. The first time I came to know of this park was through the Rock Band U2, with one of their best albums, aptly named The Joshua Tree.
You are most welcome Michael. “Dream beneath the desert sky
The rivers run, but soon run dry”
Perfectly descriptive დ
Such a striking landscape! I like “elegantly tumbled.”
Mother Nature does so many things in a elegant and savage fashion დ
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Thank you for your kind thoughtfulness & cheers to you my friend დ
My pleasure. Cheers
I used to take my students to Joshua Tree when I was teaching at UCI.
How wonderful! That campus has grown. We have friends who just retired from the faculty there. And my daughter works in a psychotherapy practice for UCI students. It is a small world დ
Have you heard about these atmospherics that dump rain on an area and then just leave, Cindy? It’s such a strange phenomena. Joshua Tree NP could use one!
There have been two atmospheric rivers that have hit Northern California in the past weeks which is wonderful news and will help The Sierra snowpack, but sadly they passed Southern California by, and we are now extremely dry, with another La Nina forecast for this winter დ
Well maybe we can dream it into being. In one of my novellas, “The Quality of Light”, I have a character who is a shaman and brings the rains to a drought-stricken N.M. by feeling them into being. 😂
Can she come stay at The Holler????? 😉
The rocks are astonishing and the trees seem to complement them so well. Here’s hoping the drought ends ….
Oddity on oddity somehow works in creating a beautiful landscape. Mother Nature Rocks! 😉 დ
Pretty and I drove through this park many moons before and absolutely loved it! Your images remind me of why!
May the Joshua trees survive to speak to my granddaughters as they did to their grandmothers.
“May the Joshua trees survive to speak to my granddaughters as they did to their grandmothers.”
Amen! This is beautiful and quite moving Sheila დ
We are in Southern California right now. Arrived last night. Staying in Thousand Oaks for a few days then heading to Ojai to see family.
Welcome! I love Ojai. It is quite similar to The Holler. Enjoy your visit and time with family დ
Lovely photos, Cindy. I especially love the Joshua trees. We don’t have them here in Wales, or even the UK They really are something special. I do hope they survive. We need to pray for more rain.
Yes indeed. We are praying. Joshua Trees are quite unique and unusual and I am happy you enjoyed them. Take good care დ
The rocks have many different shapes. You can get mesmerized by look at them just like seeing clouds sometimes. Tree shapes are another very interesting one too.
You have an imaginative mind which is a wonderful gift დ
Cool rock formations and groupings. Have you done that rain dance we discussed Cindy? 😋
I have not. I will do it Wednesday with my grandsons. They particularly like it when I hop! 😉
They are so awesome shots. Cindy congrats for sharing these marvels of nature. 🙂
Thank you for appreciating them my friend & cheers to you დ
As I noticed the nature, landscape and wild life in California so different in different parts of the state.
The life there is not boring, in just couple hours you can see so much interesting places.
Yes Alexander, it is so true. In a short distance from where we live, we can go to the beach, ski in the mountains, and bake in the desert. California itself has nine national parks. But we desperately need water in Southern California to keep everything alive. დ
Sounds like an irony, the ocean is beside, but there is no unsalted fresh water to safe the life. The other Nature grimace. Unfortunately!🙁
Yes, like the Ancient Mariner, “Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink.” At least San Diego has a very active desalinization program providing enough water for now დ
“Elegantly jumbled” — I love that description, Cindy. Thanks for this lovely tour. Hugs on the wing.
Hugs and thanks you flying back to you Teagan. Hope you stay safe & well my friend დ
Joshua trees are amazing! I bet the sunsets are spectacular.
I should try and get some shots of them. Desert sunsets are gorgeous დ
Joshua Tree is one of the National Parks I hope to get down to see ~ wonderful photos, Cindy.
Thank you Randall. I do hope you make the trip. Try it in the spring when the desert wakes up and blooms, IF we have rain. Take good care my friend დ
Sure looks like a most impressive place to be!
It is quite peaceful and unique დ
I hope the trees survive all this climate change.
Meanwhile British Columbia ha a river fall on it for 3 days. Disaster!
It is angry making to me that many still deny global warming!
As usual, we are in accord. Feast and famine. It is very frustrating and climate change deniers even more so. დ
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I lived there for a decade but I think of it as home.
The areas around Joshua is becoming in demand real estate from people wanting to escape city life and being around the beauty of nature. I can well understand this. It most have been wonderful to live there დ
I visited it over twenty years ago. Great images, Cindy. Thanks for the memories!
You are most welcome & I am happy you experienced it first hand დ
You have me singing “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho!!! Brilliant photos!
Thanks much Rebecca & singing is good for you! დ
That is such a beautiful place Cindy, it has great character. Thank you for sharing 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋
Thank you so much more for appreciating it with me Mark დ
Thank you kindly John & cheers! დ
Love the rocks and the Joshua trees! They are so distinctive in their shape/structure.
They are quite unique and special aren’t they. Happy you enjoyed them & take good care დ
Gorgeous captures. The landscape looks breathtaking.
Ahhh……. So kind of you & so appreciated too. Thank you and take good care დ
Thanks, Cindy, for those great pictures, and the text! That area is still on our bucket list. I hope that it will get some moisture soon, so the trees will survive.
Have a great Sunday,
You are most welcome! I do hope you visit soon. Maybe in the spring if the rains ever show up so you can see the bloom and the desert come alive დ
Wow, amazing! This is concrete proof that we should never take life for granite. Lol!
How do you do this? All the time? So easily. You are amazing. You must laugh constantly. You make me smile ♡✧。 (⋈◍＞◡＜◍)。✧♡
Haha the same thing I would ask you, how do you take such impeccable shots so effortlessly all the time? Happy Sunday, my friend!
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Yes. Mother Nature does nature best დ
Joshua Trees are always associated with the U2 album of the same name for me. Beautiful photos.
I still haven’t found what I’m looking for…… Thank you Emma. I finally found a way to follow you დ
Really amazing photos from Joshua Trees. I went to the interesting park many years ago, but my old photos don’t look as professional as yours. Thank you for sharing. LG Marie
I am so happy you have been and enjoyed the photos. Thank you Marie დ
Stunning rocks. It makes me wonder what happened to them, what gave them this extraordinary shapes.
It is something to ponder isn’t it. They are atop a very active earthquake fault area, and then there is the desert erosion. It makes for quite a unusual landscape დ
The rocks are probably millions of years old, if they could talk they could tell us a lot 😀
It is amazing to contemplate isn’t it……..
It is yes. Who knows what they are hiding….
Joshua Tree is so beautifully unique and delightful, one of my favorite places. Thanks for taking us there today, Cindy, I enjoyed your photos very much.
Oh, so nice, I am very happy you visited with me დ
The desert always amazes me, Cindy, and here’s hoping for a good soaking rain for many days this winter and spring. I love the textures of the rocks!
Deserts are magical, mysterious places. Thank you for your hopes for rain Terri & be well my friend დ
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
The same to you and yours Terri.
Amazing looking trees! I’ve had this park on my bucket list for a long time, still dreaming on seeing!!
It is so much more problematic to go places now which is a crying shame. I hope you get to go დ
Such a beautiful site to see and these images are so incredible.
Ahhh, so appreciated, thank you! დ
It is bold and beautiful! Thank you, Cindy.
You are most welcome Jennie & I am happy you enjoyed დ
These Joshua trees are so pretty (I’ve never seen one!). Cindy, I hate that they’re so thirsty and wish I could send them some of our rain. It just seems so unfair that the “haves” get more precipitation while the “have nots” continue to be parched.
I wish you could too! It is quite an imbalance isn’t it. I guess this reflects the state of our poor planet დ
The Joshua trees so amazing. hope you get rain soon! 🙏
Thanks Alison. We’ll take some of yours……. დ
Hope to visit there soon. Beautiful photos, Cindy!
I can’t wait to see your photos when you do Amy & thank you! დ
I went to Joshua NP many years ago, but the photos I took are nowhere as interesting and beautiful as yours.
Ahhh……I am honored. Your photos are so stunning დ
Is it me or did WordPress see a massive drop in readers and engagement or was it just the pandemic audience?
Great photos as always Cindy 😍
It is not you. WP is continuously deleting followers from certain blogs with lots of followers and lots of interactive content. I spoke to them about this and they acknowledged it, claiming “the developers are working on it.” That was about six months ago. I followed up recently, they were still “working on it.” I think we are renters, renting space from them, after our n gets too large AND too interactive ie., takes up too much rental room space, they cut back on it figuring we’ll never notice. I notice because they cut off my friends, and my friends notice too, as they have to keep refollowing me. It is happening to other bloggers who have talked to me about it. It is interesting too because WP will not let you view all the blogs you follow after you pass a certain n. I wanted to trim down blogs I no longer interact with. I had to compress files and use screen shots (ie., a big hassle) just to see the blogs I follow. I pay for a business plan. My blog isn’t a business. If it were, I would be losing customers and revenue. If it were a problem negatively impacting WP’s profitability, they would have fixed it promptly.
Wow this is a whole lot to take in. I lost a huge amount of followers and interactions a while ago and I know it had very little to do with the quality of content I put out.
Shame on them for putting us through this considering we pay for a personal plan just so we can keep in touch with the lovely WordPress community.
Even frequent commenters on my site that usually bond with each other have been trying and failing to find themselves.
They should be doing better.
Yes. It is unfair and discouraging. The quality of your content is truly stellar Gottfried. I just noticed I am unfollowed from you.
Let me confirm I follow you
It’s a regular check process now with WP. Think of all the people we’re missing…..
I can’t even begin to think
Great pictures of the Joshua trees and jumbled rocks of Joshua Tree National Park. I pray it gets water soon!
Thank you so much for caring Kathy დ
How much more concerning can it get? The desert is thirsty!
Yes. Thank you so much for knowing this Tanja დ
How resilient they are. Great shapes of rocks.
Happy you enjoyed Diana and thanks for letting me know.
Happy Thanksgiving wishes Cindy!
Happy Thanksgiving Lisa! 🙏🦃🥧🌽🍾🥂
Joshua trees are so whimsical looking…I wonder if they inspired some of Dr. Seuss’s illustrations of trees. 😉 I love those rock formations! 😍 They remind me of a scene out of the move Galaxy Quest…LOL! Hope you had a stress-free Thanksgiving, Cindy ❤️
I thought the same thing. They are Dr. Seuss trees! He lived in my home town in Southern California, so it is my guess this is where he got the inspiration. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Teresa <3
Cindy, thank you for these beautiful photographs!
You are more than welcome Charles <3
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Thank you so much Charles. You are very much appreciated my friend. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!
Great spiritual, and really wonderful shots.
Yes, there is this peaceful, Zen in Time, feeling when watching them puzzle their way up დ
Merci beaucoup mon Ami დ
I lived in California most of my life, yet somehow never made it to Joshua Tree.
The good news is, it is still here, and if you want to, you can still visit. It is nice that life still has so many new experiences just waiting for us დ
It’s amazing how beautiful the desert can be 🏜️❤️
On another note, I still need to make it to SoCal…
Great to hear from you Josh & thanks much. Hope you make it soon and hope all is well with you დ
Thanks Cindy! It seems that you’ve found my latest post, and so know what I’ve been up to 🙂
Wonderful! Happy for you Josh დ
Wonderful pictures… and words!
Merci beaucoup mon Ami Luisa დ
The ongoing drought is worrisome. Beautiful photos!
Great pictures. I love all your pictures 📸
Awww……So kind. Thank you Beverly. I hope you have a blessed New Year my friend and I look forward to sharing 2022 with you! დ
Thank you. Blessings 🙌
I’m jealous again…
You have more beauty in you Chandra than I could ever find in a lifetime დ
That is such a beautiful compliment. Thank you for that.