Joshua Tree National Park

A couple of weekends ago my old roommate from Redwoods came down to visit me in the desert.  We had plans to go to a concert in Santa Ana, which we did, but before we headed to Santa Ana we took a detour through Joshua Tree National Park.

I have been to Joshua Tree a few times.  Once on a camping trip with Lacy and a few times for work.  We didn’t spend a whole lot of time there, but had a lot of fun exploring different things in the park.

We discovered Ocotillo plants, which were really cool.  Look at these things.  They have beautiful green leaves that hide long sharp thorns and they flower in the Spring.  I bought a National Parks Annual Pass while I was here so I plan on coming back to see these in full bloom, which should be in the next couple of months.

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I took a ton of pictures while I was there, but didn’t notice that I had my camera on a special setting.  All my beautiful landscape photos look like they were taken in a post apocalyptic world.  I had it set to a sepia type tone.  I did get some cool shots, just not exactly what I was trying for.  Here are a few shots that came out pretty cool despite the lack of color.

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This is the shot that made me realize I wasn’t shooting in color…

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And finally, we have color!

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One spot I am sad that I didn’t capture in full color is views from Keys View.  We had a beautiful view of the snow capped San Gorgoino Mountain, Coachella Valley, and the Salton Sea. This picture just doesn’t do it justice.

dsc_0043The Coachella Valley without color isn’t very impressive either…

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My next adventure is to the Grand Canyon.  I have a two week training class for work and will be driving up with a co-worker from Redwoods.  Hopefully I’ll have my act together and get a Grand Canyon post up in a few weeks!

 

 

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