The Joshua Trees Continue

In this post the Joshua trees continue because I like to break of photo posts like this.

The two branches on the Joshua tree look like twins.
The two branches on the Joshua tree look like twins.
Some of the brush is dry surrounding the Joshua trees.
Some of the brush is dry surrounding the Joshua trees.
This tall and stately Joshua tree was my favorite capture during the entire trip.
This tall and stately Joshua tree was my favorite capture during the entire trip.
Joshua trees are still in the sunlight.
Joshua trees are still in the sunlight, but the shadow of evening is encroaching.
A cluster of boulders among the Joshua trees.
A cluster of boulders among the Joshua trees.
The boulders are oval shape, and stand up vertically among the Joshua trees.
The boulders are oval shape, and stand up vertically among the Joshua trees.
Small Joshua tree growing at the base of boulder laden hill.
Small Joshua tree growing at the base of boulder laden hill.
Another photo of the magnificent monzogranite boulders.
Another photo of the magnificent monzogranite boulders.

The Joshua Tree Walk

 

Here are some of the pictures that I took on my short walk among the Joshua trees.

A trail headed through the Joshua trees.
A trail headed through the Joshua trees.

A video of the short hike in Joshua tree.

Joshua trees all around.
Joshua trees all around.
The green leaves on a Joshua Tree.
The green leaves on a Joshua Tree.
Looking down on a small cactus.
Looking down on a small cactus.
This small rock formation reminds me of Ayers Rock, for some reason. It is grey, and Ayers Rock is red, but the shape is reminiscent of that famous landmark.
This small rock formation reminds me of Ayers Rock, for some reason. It is grey, and Ayers Rock is red, but the shape is reminiscent of that famous Australian landmark.
Another photo of the dome rock.
Another photo of the dome-shaped rock formation.
Tall Joshua trees next to small ones.
Tall Joshua trees next to small ones.
Chaparral in front of the boulders.
Chaparral in front of the boulders.
A small cluster of cacti.
A small cluster of cacti.
The boulders at Joshua tree remind me of the boulders at the Pinnacles.
The boulders at Joshua tree remind me of the boulders at the Pinnacles.
Another photograph of the amazing boulders.
Another photograph of the amazing boulders.
The sun is behind the boulders.
The sun is behind the boulders.

Stay tuned for more pictures of Joshua Tree because I am continuing to sort through these.

The Road Leading Up To Joshua Tree

The road to Joshua Tree in the late afternoon.
The road to Joshua Tree National Park in the late afternoon.
Coming up on a Joshua tree on the left hand side of the road.
Coming up on a Joshua tree on the left hand side of the road.
Passing the Joshua tree.
Passing the Joshua tree.
Sometimes the view from the car window can be blurry.
Sometimes the view from the car window can be blurry.
However, the rocks on the hills are still alluring.
However, the rocks on the hills are still alluring.
I felt a sense of excitement as we approached the place we were going to for a short hike.
I felt a sense of excitement as we approached the place we were going to for a short hike.

We only spend about an hour and a half at Joshua Tree, but for a Southern California day trip, I think that is sufficient. Many people do camp in the park, and there are many different ecosystems within it to explore.

The Teddy Bear Cholla Cactus

Even though Joshua Tree National Park is named after the trees reminiscent of Joshua pointing his arms to the heavens, there are other types of plants to see.

A cholla cactus.
A teddy bear cactus in the late afternoon at Joshua Tree.

The spines on the teddy bear cholla cactus look similar to the hair on a teddy bear, except the former is poky. Do not pet the cacti!

The teddy bear cholla cactus can range between one to five feet in height.
The teddy bear cholla cactus can range between one to five feet in height.
The bottom part of the teddy bear cholla cactus.
The bottom part of the teddy bear cholla cactus.
The Latin name of the teddy bear cholla cactus is Cylindropuntia bigelovii
The Latin name of the teddy bear cholla cactus is Cylindropuntia bigelovii

The videos illustrates what the teddy bear cholla cactus looks like in the late afternoon.