Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua tree against the clouds at dusk. Photographed 12/22/2012 at Joshua Tree National Park, California.

After visiting Death Valley National Park and Mojave National Preserve, my coworkers and I ended our day off work at Joshua Tree National Park. With the sun getting low on the horizon, we wasted no time seeing as much as possible before dark. As expected, it wasn’t long before we found ourselves deep in the the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia, Asparagaceae) woodland that occupies much of the park.

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Joshua tree woodland late in the day. Photographed 12/22/2012 at Joshua Tree National Park, California.

We also passed a lot of the rounded weathered granite found throughout the park:

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Weathered granite. Photographed 12/22/2012 at Joshua Tree National Park, California.

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Weathered granite. Photographed 12/22/2012 at Joshua Tree National Park, California.

Our main destination here was Keys View in the Little San Bernardino Mountains. We made it with time to spare, and the late-day views were impressive.

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Joshua tree and Coachella Valley at sunset. Photographed 12/22/2012 at Joshua Tree National Park, California.

This scenic spot overlooks Coachella Valley, which harbors part of the infamous San Andreas Fault:

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Coachella Valley and the San Andreas Fault at sunset. Photographed 12/22/2012 at Joshua Tree National Park, California.

From here we could also see the Salton Sea to the south:

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Distant Salton Sea at sunset. Photographed 12/22/2012 at Joshua Tree National Park, California.

The distant San Jacinto Mountains looked great against the setting sun:

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Distant San Jacinto Mountains at sunset. Photographed 12/22/2012 at Joshua Tree National Park, California.

Sunset also provided for some nice shots of the Joshua trees:

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Joshua tree against the clouds at dusk. Photographed 12/22/2012 at Joshua Tree National Park, California.

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Joshua tree at sunset. Photographed 12/22/2012 at Joshua Tree National Park, California.

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Joshua tree at sunset. Photographed 12/22/2012 at Joshua Tree National Park, California.

Our long one-day drive through Death Valley National Park and Mojave National Preserve left us with little time at Joshua Tree. Although the sunset views were rewarding, it would have been even better to have more time at this great national park.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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