California Fan Palms, Oasis of Mara
Cactus needles, Twentynine Palms
Ocotillo closeup. Ocotillo is not a true cactus, despite its thorns. Much of the year the stems are bare, but leaves appear following rains.
Also found in the Sonoran desert, Ocotillo
Another cholla closeup
This is probably the largest "field" of cholla I've seen.
Teddybear Choola (aka Jumping cholla)
Dropping down into the Sonoran Desert portion of Joshua Tree, signified by plants like Teddybear Cholla
Live Oak Rock, and it's namesake oak
A granite "arch"
Cracked granite, near Jumbo Rocks
Giant ancient alien?
Monzogranite formations in the Jumbo Rocks area
From Key's view, there are panoramic views of the smog/fog filled Coachella Valley.
Wind-blown Joshua Trees, Queen's Valley
Another gnarly Joshua
It certainly FELT like we were in the desert. Nice and toasty!
Sue and Keetna alongside one of the Joshua Trees in Queens Valley
A contorted Joshua Tree
Lots of interesting Joshua Trees in Queens Valley
Joshua Tree National Park has quite a few backroads where we were able to walk Keetna (no dogs on most of the trails, though). This is the Queens Valley area.