Joshua Tree National Park

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I recently took a trip out to Joshua Tree National Park for the day, and wow – what a sight! It was my first time there and I was gobsmacked.  My eyes and brain worked overtime to take it all in and process it.  I think I would describe it as a Salvador Dali-esque landscape because it looks kind of surreal.  What was so darn strange about it?  I mean it’s just a plain ol’ desert, right?  Wrong.  The trees and rocks are crazy!

The trees are (naturally) Joshua trees for the most part.  Twisted, “hairy”, and spiky, they were everywhere!  These crazy, odd-looking trees spread out across the landscape as far as my eye could see.  And while you might not think rock formations would boggle my mind, they did.  In direct contrast to the smooth, flowing rock formations I saw years ago in Zion National Park, these rocky wonders were spectacular in their own way.  Instead of a large formation comprised of a few larger pieces and some smaller pieces, many of the rocky formations looked as if thousands of rocks had been gathered and carelessly piled up.

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From macro shots of plant life to sweeping shots that drank in the horizon and the sky, I happily wandered, examined, and captured images.

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I’m generally not much of a desert girl – given that I wilt in the heat and burn after about 5 minutes in direct sunlight – but I loved my time at Joshua Tree National Park.  I hope to return, and will plan on staying longer next time.

Have you ever been to Joshua Tree National Park?  Are there any other National Parks you particularly love? I’d love to hear about your adventures and favorites…

Warm regards,
Melody

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8 Comments

  1. Posted April 4, 2013 at 8:46 am by oksana | Permalink

    Great trip! I’ve been to this park several times. We go almost every year 🙂 You’re right, it’s quite surreal, but in a good, exciting way. Thank you for the beautiful pictures!

  2. Posted April 4, 2013 at 8:48 am by Terry | Permalink

    It’s one of my favorite places on earth – we go every year on the day after Thanksgiving, a cherished tradition for me and my kids. Glad you went and enjoyed it!

  3. Posted April 4, 2013 at 10:17 am by Beth Nielsen | Permalink

    Gobsmacked? Love that – 🙂
    Haven’t been, but it is on my bucket list. The rock formation are what I pictured when reading “The Host”.
    As usual, nice photos!

  4. Posted April 4, 2013 at 10:30 am by Melody | Permalink

    Beth,
    I’d definitely recommend a visit. Thanks for your kind words, and for commenting!
    Melody

  5. Posted April 4, 2013 at 10:31 am by Melody | Permalink

    Terry,
    Yes, it was amazing! I can see why you and the kids enjoy it and keep going back…
    Melody

  6. Posted April 4, 2013 at 10:34 am by Melody | Permalink

    Oksana,
    Thank you for complimenting my photos. So kind of you! It really is a wonderful park. :] Plus, I hit a thrift store on the way there and picked up some vintage sewing patterns for collage. Win-win!
    Melody

  7. Posted April 4, 2013 at 11:49 am by Jo Murray | Permalink

    Wow! Have to put that place on my bucket list.

  8. Posted April 4, 2013 at 6:18 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Jo,
    Yes, it’s really something to see. And if you come out here to California, please let me know. We could meet for coffee. :]
    Melody

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