098 - Joshua Tree National Park, California
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Joshua Tree National Park, 140 miles east of Los Angeles, is in the center of Southern California and on the edge of the transition zone between the Mojave and the Sonoran Desert. This is a great place for spring wildflower photography and stark desert landscapes beneath brooding winter skies. This strange-looking tree is not a tree at all but a giant member of the lily family, its branches covered with needle-sharp daggers.
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The Joshua tree is a symbol of the Mojave Desert, growing in large stands across higher elevations of Southern California deserts. This strange-looking tree is not a tree at all but a giant member of the lily family, its branches covered with needle-sharp daggers. Like the saguaro cactus of the Sonoran Desert, Joshua trees are often featured prominently in desert landscape photography of the Mojave. Out in the middle of Southern California, not far from Palm Springs, is one of the best places to find great numbers of mature yucca brevifolia, in Joshua Tree National Park.
This newsletter includes many other reasons to visit and photograph this fascinating part of the desert.