Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Joshua Tree NP - Rock Formations - Northern Section
"Two deserts, two large ecosystems whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation, come together at Joshua Tree National Park. Below 3,000 feet, the Colorado Desert encompasses the eastern part of the park and features natural gardens of creosote bush, ocotillo, and cholla cactus. The higher, moister, and slightly cooler Mojave Desert is the special habitat of the Joshua tree. Joshua tree forests occur in the western half of the park. The western part of the park also includes some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California's deserts. In addition, five fan palm oases dot the park, indicating those few areas where water occurs naturally and where wildlife abounds." [US Parks - about.com]
We spent almost three days in the less familiar higher Mojave Desert section. I could have spent weeks there, it was so fascinating. I took hundreds of photos. The geology of the area was extraordinary.
There are more photos of rock formations in Joshua Tree National Park on my flickr site. They're best viewed as a slide show. There are a lot of them, but some of the formations are so interesting that I believe its worth the time.