This is the first time I have ever seen Joshua Trees in bloom!
These trees were recently designated an endangered species by The California Fish & Game Commission.
They are vulnerable because they exist in a limited area in The Southwestern US and Baja California. Their range is mostly contained by the boundaries of the Mojave Desert. This habitat is under pressure from development and climate change.
Joshua Trees are pollinated by Yucca Moths. Desert habitat is sensitive and species are interdependent.
Interestingly, in the distant past, Joshua’s were pollinated by Giant Sloths!
Humans have lived in The Mojave Desert for about 12,000 years.
Pictographs, cryptic messages from the past, can be found throughout this region.
Note: Petroglyphs are carved into rock and pictographs are painted onto rocks using dyes or resins. These petroglyphs and pictographs near Moab Utah are all around. You come upon them as you hike. They are 1500 to 4,000 years old and depict people, both male and female, who appear to be wearing clothes and feathers, and carry baskets and weapons. Some seem to be hunting. There are children of different ages and there are antelopes, deer, bears, snakes, birds and other animals, as well as rivers, lakes, the sun and much more. Look and see what you can find, after all, art is open to your interpretation.