March 18-20, 2005
Like everywhere else across the southwest this year, Joshua Tree National Park is ablaze with flowers.
. Regional map. Joshua Tree is about 150 miles SE of home, in the middle of the big empty between Palm Springs and the Colorado River.
. Joshua Tree NP has several of these native fan palm oases. This is Cottonwood Spring in the south end of the park.
. Lots and lots of flowers. I never saw these ones before.
. After a 3-mile hike you first see Lost Palms Oasis
. The plants and rocks at Jumbo Rocks Campground help shelter campers from wind
. This Cholla forest is in the middle of the park.
. The southern boundary of the park and the whole valley was awash in all kinds of flowers.
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