OK, so onto subject area 2 of 3 – Joshua Tree National Park

I really didn’t expect this. My friend came out for his annual visit and he wanted to spend two days up at Joshua Tree NP. So we headed out early on a Wednesday morning on the not too long drive…It used to be a lot shorter by about 45 minutes but the backroad thru Box Canyon Road in Mecca was totally destroyed with one of the Winter Storms and I don’t know that they will ever put it back in order.

Anyway, we headed to the South Cottonwood entrance despite not being to enter it straight away. I knew there would be wildflowers there at the lower elevation “Sonoran” Desert Part of JTNP (JTNP is half in the Sonoran Desert and half in the Mojave) but I didn’t expect much of it. I was wrong, It was spectacular. While I was slightly disappointed in Anza-Borrego’s Bloom of not really having the massive dense fields of bloom, JTNP did NOT disappoint. In fact we hardly had to drive at all into the part and we were already awash in blooms.

So we pulled over and explored for a bit

It was interesting that the lower section (south) had a ton of blooms that leveled off as we climbed and were almost all gone by the time we reached the Cholla Gardens. The middle of the park where all the Joshua Trees  are, had really no blooms at all because in mid March, at 4000′ , it was still quite cold and Wildflowers need both moisture and heat. On our way in on Thursday morning through the East Gate in 29 Palms, There were again a lot of wildflowers but nowhere near the same density as Cottonwood.

I’m a little disappointed in my images, It’s hard shooting with another person that’s not a photographer so my time was limited and ideally I would have done what I always do and just sit for an hour in a spot and just access what’s there and how best to shoot it. I’m not happy with my lens choices and I could have done a lot better in that area and composition. Still the experience itself was wonderful. It was the best bloom I have ever seen in Joshua Tree National Park

And here are the photos…No, I’m not identifying flowers. That’s left to people more verse than I and if I do I would be corrected at some point. If you really want to know you can go to Calflora and use the “What Grows here” part of the site and I’m sure you will get a great answer to”what is that?”

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