Joshua Tree, December 2010, Page 1 of 2


A very un-Southern California like rain at home.  Felt good, air was clean, but after a week of this, we left for the dryer air of Joshua Tree.  This time, we had a house located near the Western Entrance of Joshua Tree National Park.  We made food, enjoyed the jacuzzi, and relaxed, a good way to end 2010.

But Joshua Tree had gotten its share of rain as well.  Barker Dam was filled with rainwater.

I had been out in Joshua Tree every month since the summer.  But Joshua Tree is a place that rewards frequent visits.

Beyond Barker Dam in Joshua Tree, amidst the puddles of rainwater.  It's so nice when the loudest thing is the breeze through the desert brush.

Beyond Barker Dam in Joshua Tree National Park.

The setting sun upon the rocks in Joshua Tree.

The next morning, I woke up before the sun rose.  The temperature was in the low 30s F, the air cold and crisp, and a half moon still in the sky (just left of the Joshua Tree).  This photo was taken just outside of the house we were renting, near the Western Entrance of Joshua Tree National Park.

This is a view outside the house we were staying, early in the morning, with the temperature around freezing.  I had intended on taking night photos and early morning photos, but the next two days, the wind blew hard, waving the trees and making it difficult and uncomfortable to do more photography without blurring the Joshua Trees and freezing my butt off.

Outside our house was five acres where we could wander.  And very close to the jacuzzi were a number of small trees and brush where various birds hung out.

Curious George found a new frog friend, this one wearing bunny ears.

We walked the trail to Lost Horse Mine in Joshua Tree National Park.  Part of the landscape had been scorched by fire.


Even before the Gold Rush, prospectors came to California looking for gold.  And despite the harsh climate, 300 mines were set up in what is now Joshua Tree National Park.  And one of these is Lost Horse Mine, and its history involves gun slinging cowboys, cattle rustlers, horse thieves, and more.  Today it is one of the best preserved mines of its kind in the National Park system.





Looking down into one of the metal containers strewn around Lost Horse Mine in JTNP, a study in decay.  The mine was last used in 1936.

The machinery in Joshua Tree's Lost Horse Mine.

Charred patterns from the brush fire near Lost Horse Mine in Joshua Tree National Park.

Off Keys View Road is the famous Cap Rock, known for its climbing, as it dwarfs the outhouse below.

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