National Parks Tour travel blog

FIRST LIGHT

COFFEE IN THE MORNING

BACK LIGHTED DESERT PLANT FROM THE RV

DONT TOUCH ME

DESERT PLANTS AND ROCKS

DESERT PLANTS

DESERT PLANTS

DESERT PLANTS AND ROCKS

DESERT PLANTS

DESERT PLANTS

Chollo Garden

Chollo Closeup

More Chollo

Chollo has Wicked Thorns

Chollo Looks Like White Flowers from a Distance

Granite Left After Erosion

Joshua Tree

Another View of Canyon

Lunch Stop

Yucca


We got here last night about 40 minutes after it was completely dark, so we had seen nothing of the park when we started out today.

Sam and I have so much enjoyed driving through Joshua Tree National Park and learning something about its geology and plant life that we have decided to put together a slide show for the “Brown Bag Luncheons” that we are thinking of starting at the gallery. Meanwhile, we drove through most of the park today (in the daylight—certainly did not see much last night!) taking pictures and making notes about all of the plants and the geology.

I was particularly struck with the “washes” that are scattered about the park. These are places where, when heavy rains come to the desert, the water spreads out through the washes, scouring them and leaving enough water in place to support more vegetation that the surrounding slightly higher desert. That in turn enables more animals to live in the shade and on the vegetation produced. And, of course, then the predators come to eat those animals. And all because of a little rain!



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