Friday, December 31, 2010

Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia)

The Joshua tree is beautiful. Eerie, weird and beautiful. The trees only grow here in the southwest US in California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah, and at higher elevations from 400 to 1,800 meters. Joshua trees can live for 100s of years and many live for thousands.

The name Joshua Tree came from a group of Mormons in the mid-19th century. The tree's shape reminded them of Joshua reaching his hands to the sky in prayer.

These photos were all shot from the car yesterday driving through the Mojave Desert Preserve on our way from Las Vegas to Yucca Valley, CA. Paul's land is full of Joshua Trees. We will be going to Joshua Tree National Park on Sunday - my first time to see the park. More scenes from the California desert coming soon...

1 comment:

  1. Isn't that valley the coolest? Joshua's as far as you can see. One time, I stopped my car and walked out in them until I couldn't see my car anymore. The silence was deafening. Papeer shots! I need to paint one of these nutherns.