Monday, March 10, 2008

Joshua Tree National Park

Due to the substantial rainfall the Southwest U.S experienced in the last few months, many desert regions have experienced a bountiful bloom of wildflowers. I went to Joshua National Park to revel in this colorful display.

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California Poppies






A bare tree in stark contrast to the gentler contours of the surrounding blooms










The mountains, sand dunes and shrubbery






The edge of the magma chamber - contact zone between granite and pinto gneiss













Sunset - and goodbye to the park



As we were driving out of the park, we pulled over at Cottonwood Springs, the region of the park least affected by light pollution. The desert night sky, unobscured by clouds and urban lights, was a treat for the eyes! Maybe I was dreaming, but maybe I did actually see the band of light corresponding to the Milky Way. Unfortunately, light from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs is beginning to creep up over the horizon of this remote location. The area of the Earth afflicted by light pollution only widens each day, and one now needs to go hours away from the city to bathe in starlight.

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