I trekked through Joshua Tree National Park this past weekend for a glorious view of Southern California at its best. I shot a time lapse which I will post soon and captured Barker Dam, a rare glimpse of water in the Mojave Desert. It was cloudy and the sky was dramatic throughout our trip. Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. Declared a U.S. National Park in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act (Public Law 103-433), it had previously been a U.S. National Monument since 1936. It is named for the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the park.
Joshua Tree is a photographer's dream. The sky changes at a rapid pace in the winter and no two shots will be the same. We saw Native American Glyphs on the Barker Damn Trail as well and I love how the history has been preserved and will be for years to come.
Yosemite is next on the list but takes a lot more planning so it may take some time to get there. I love photographing nature because it allows you to be immersed in it on a different level. You are truly one with it when you look through the lens and see it in microscopic view. Upon coming back I have a sense of peace I hope stays with me until the next time I can hike for three days straight until I am so tired my muscles ache. Below are two cholla cacti who look like they are holding hands or better yet, dancing!
I rarely post photos of myself on my website but I look so happy in this photo near some rock formations in the winter air I though I would share it. I hope everybody has a great year, all things considered! To view more photos from my trip visit: Winter 2017 at Joshua Tree