Joshua Tree National Park encompasses almost 800,000 acres and straddles both The Mojave and Colorado Deserts in Southern California. Joshua Trees are not trees at all, but a variety of Yucca, sculpted into bizarre shapes by desert winds. The eerie rock formations were formed eons ago by cooling lava, that cracked and split from fault uplifting, and eroded over time by wind, water and sand.
100’s of species survive in this harsh desert landscape, despite summer temperature that reach well above 100 degrees fahrenheit. Native Americans inhabited this region for thousands of years and their artifacts remain scattered throughout the park. Be careful or you will walk right by them! We encountered this metate, or grinding stone, on a hike.
Cheers to you from Joshua Tree’s stunning and fragile ecosystem~
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!