Southern California 5 – Joshua Tree National Park


This post is one in a series about a recent trip to Southern California. To “Like” the entire series, click here.

Joshua Tree National Park—made famous by U2 when used for the cover and name of their eponymous album—is one of the barest and starkest areas of North America. And yet, this intersection of two deserts, the Mojave and the Colorado, is not just unique, but in its own way it is one of the most beautiful areas in North America.

In the photo above, a climbing instructor is placing non-destructive rope anchors in a crevice on the Burrito, the cliff face of Hidden Valley, famous in the area for training rock climbers.

As always, special thanks to my dearest spouse Lyn, who does all the heavy lifting in selecting the photos. And thank you sincerely for dropping by the Book of Bokeh. I would also like to invite you to visit my Book of Pain  poetry blog.











The panorama below (click once to see a larger version; click that version to see it full size) is nearly a 360° composite of one section of the Hidden Valley: a small enclosed area that traps just enough extra moisture to raise it above the ecology of the typical desert that surrounds it and support a number of unique plants:




The underside of a rock ceiling charred with the smoke of a fire of an aboriginal people nearly two thousand years ago:


All photographs and comments ©John Etheridge with all rights reserved; not to be used without the expressed written permission of the copyright owner.


15 thoughts on “Southern California 5 – Joshua Tree National Park

  1. First a useless factoid : There was a band in late 60s named Joshua Tree. I retain little of importance but make a great trivial pursuit partner.

    Now: Great shots. A difficult place to photograph. Thanks for sharing. Please continue sharing theses since I personally prefer water in my locale.

    • Poor Joshua Tree…any mention of them as a 60s band on Amazon or YouTube is buried beneath references to the U2 album or the real thing. They can’t seem to breathe.

      As to water…I like that stuff too, although I have less a preference for it when filled with snakes and gators. Those I leave to you. 🙂

    • Oh, hurry! It is a stunningly beautiful place. But if you take on Ryan’s Mountain, leave early and take LOTS of water! 🙂

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