We took a day to see Joshua Tree National Park above Palm Springs. It was a wonderfully sunny and clear day if a bit chilly. The Barker Dam hike was awesome. Check out the park map here
The view out the Palm Desert hotel window
Another hotel window pic with the wind turbines in the distance
Rockpiles typical in Joshua Tree Nat'l Park
Josuha Trees everywhere. The density of them in this part of the park is amazing.
Unlike other smooth rocks in the desert, the Joshua Tree seem more like piles of rocks as they've split so much over time.
Hard to see, but the mountain between the Joshua Trees has snow on it
Moving right and zooming in a little shows the snow better
Deb taking a picture of Gary taking pictures
Nice picnic spot at Hidden Valley
Liked the Joshua Tree and dark shadow in this one
An older Joshua Tree in front of a rockpile
Barker Dam, dead or resting....
My wife Deb on the Barker Dam trail
This tree draping over the trail was so cool, of course, so were we, a bit nippy this morning
Loved the weathering on this rounded rock. All of them were very rough to the touch.
Barker Dam, Gary near rocky shadows
This outcrop was casting a dark and cold shadow. I stood at the shadow apex to get the sun resting on the rock picture.
Another wintering tree. It was quite a contrast to the rest of the plants with its size and position in the landscape.
Barker Dam Lake, the dam itself is in the far left of the frame. It had rained the day before so there was some water. I have seen other pictures with the lake full up.
Barker Dam sandy beach, makes it easier to water your cattle here
Side shot of Baker Dam Lake. You can see where the water line was much higher on the rocks in the recent past.
Center of Barker Dam Lake
Gary next to a younger Joshua Tree singleton
Panorama below Barker Dam. See the dam on the right where the people are approaching.
A mature Joshua Tree on the way trail back.
Panorama from Keys View at 5,185 feet. It was clear enough on this day to see Mexico 90 miles away. The San Jacinto peak was very visible and had more snow on it than I have seen at any other visit to Palm Springs
Looking South from Keys View.
Looking west from Keys View
Cap Rock too, about the same size as the automobile