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Where will you find that moment of peace this weekend? “We chased the sun, in search of a glimpse of its final kiss to the horizon. We climbed over rocks two billion years old. I paused in reflection, the wind softly swirling, a wild hare below me grazing...Silence. A moment of peace I realized I was missing, surprised by a place that feels like home.” 📸 (Photo Credit: @rah.wilde ) Thank you @rah.wilde for sharing this awesome photo and caption! 🙌 #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #landscapes #desertlandscapes #landscape_lovers #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #nature #natureaddicts #nature_lovers #nature_brilliance #nature_perfection #nature_shooters #nature_seekers #naturegeography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #leavenotrace #optoutdoors #tgif #haveagreatweekend
Hike to Samuelson's Rocks... Chances are good that most visitors to Joshua Tree National Park have never seen them, let alone even know they exist. Inspired by religion, politics, nature and solitude, John Samuelson, a homesteader, set about to use the ancient rocks as a canvas to express his “eternal verities of existence,” as he referred to them, along with his views on the Great Depression. His words are still quite visible today, looking much like they did when he carved them over 88 years ago. Take a step back in time and join Instructor Lew Kingman, Archeology Site Steward, and the Desert Institute On Sunday, October 21, 2018. Time: 8:00 a.m. - Late Afternoon Meet At: Joshua Tree Visitor Center. For more info on this class click on the link in our bio or call 760-367-5535. If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one today. #jtnpa #desertinstitute #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #samuelsonsrocks #hikes #findyourpark #leavenotrace #exploreresponsibly #optoutside
A whole lotta love going out to @jtnpa today! For all you visitors, when a JT Candle product is purchased from them at all Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center locations, 100% of the proceeds goes directly back into our park for restorations, improvements, educational resources, and so much more! Pretty awesome stuff!
OK....Due to an overwhelming response, we’ve corralled up this Cool Joshua Tree National Park, Beneath The Desert Sky Shirt! Limited Edition and ONLY for sale while supplies last! They are now available in all four of our visitor centers, and on our online store. See link in our bio. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #joshuatreenationalparkbeneaththedesertsky #getyourshirtnow #supportyournationalparks
The signs all point to Joshua Tree Music Festival and the JTNPA booth! Come by and pick up one of these limited edition tees! #meetusatthecrossroads #jtmf2018 #joshuatree #desertrat #jtnpa #desertrat #underthedesertsky #joshuatreemusicfestival
Looking For Love...Tarantula mating season has begun, and it will last through the end of October. That means the giant arachnids will spend the next two months weaving webs just above ground, outside the female’s burrow. Because females typically stay inside, if a hiker comes across a tarantula on a footpath, it’s probably a male on the lookout for a mate. Males have been known to search for up to four miles to find a female. While female tarantulas can live for up to 25 years, the average lifespan of the male is only seven or eight years, so their annual chances to spread their genes is limited. To make matters worse, female tarantulas have been known to eat the males if they linger too long after copulation. Mating occurs when the male approaches the female’s burrow and taps on the web strands outside the entrance. If the female is willing, she’ll come outside and receive his sperm, which he deposits on a web that she then receives and uses to fertilize her eggs. Tarantulas move slowly so hikers can take pictures, keeping a safe distance as with all wildlife in their natural habitat. Please do not touch or harass these spiders. Though they have fangs and carry poison, tarantulas are not considered a serious threat to humans. Drive slow through the park, be alert, as these gentle giants do cross the roadways. (Photo Credit: @wolfmanzack ) Thank you for sharing these awesome photos! #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #usinterior #barkerdam #tarantula #arachnid #spider #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #respectwildlife #keepasafedistancefromwildlife #wildlifewednesday
A sneak preview of our limited edition “Beneath the Desert Sky” shirt on sale only at the Joshua Tree Music Festival, October 5th-7th, 2018. Time to get with the desert vibes, stop by our booth, say hello, and pick up one of these cool shirts! Let’s rock some rad colors while we support our National Parks! All proceeds directly benefit Joshua Tree National Park. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #nationalparkservice #joshuatreemusicfestival #joshuatree #comegetyourshirt #seeyouthere #portraits #portrait_perfection #portraitphotography
🇺🇲⤵ | 🇲🇽➡ Hace casi dos años nos volvimos voluntarios para el Parque Nacional Joshua Tree. Fue realmente ese acto el que nos ha unido más a la naturaleza, y a la comunidad, pero mucho más importante, el acto que nos ayudó a encontrarle gratitud y sentido a ser ciudadanos americanos. Poder tomar parte en un sistema dedicado a la conservación de lo natural con una infraestructura hecha para poder disfrutar de muchas formas del paisaje y sus recursos, ha sido una gran motivación durante nuestro tiempo de viajeros.⠀ ⠀ Qué hacemos como voluntarios? ⠀ ⠀ A nosotros nos entrenan en primeros auxilios y protocolos de emergencia del parque, para asegurar que los participantes de las clases y talleres de ciencias, arte, y cultura que imparte la @jtnpa (la asociación no-lucrativa del parque), esten a salvo y puedan disfrutar con seguridad y aprovechar su tiempo de aprendizaje.⠀ ⠀ Este viernes volveremos, después de meses de extrañar el desierto. ⠀ ⠀ #encuentratuparque ⠀ ⠀ -----⠀ ⠀ 🇺🇲About 2 years ago, we started volunteering at @joshuatreenps This was a defining act for us because it brought us not only closer to nature and the local community there, but it also allowed us to make sense of and become truly grateful for being American citizens. Taking part in a system dedicated to the preservation of nature and with an infrastructure that allows you to enjoy the beauty of the landscape in many ways, has been our motivation as travelers.⠀ ⠀ What do we do as volunteers?⠀ We are basically trained in first aid and emergency protocols of the park so that we can ensure the safety and enjoyment of the participants of the Desert Institute's classes and workshops. ⠀ ⠀ This Friday we return to volunteer after months of missing the desert.⠀ ⠀ #findyourpark ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #browpeoplecamping #unlikelyhikers #mexicanos #bloggersmexicanos #mexicanbloggers #mexicanosontheroad #travellikeamexican #digitalhumanbeans #consciouswanderings #strandedonland #getoutsidethegrind #mexicanadventures #theadventureteam #volunteers #coupleswhohike #nationalparkgeek #jtnpa #bilingue #bilingual #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatree #yuccavalley
Wildlife Wednesday... Red-tailed hawks have a crop, which is a pouch located halfway between their mouth and stomach. Food is stored here and then released as needed for nutrients and energy. If a large enough meal is consumed, the bird may be able to go without eating for a day or two. A Red-tailed hawks diet varies based on availability. They prefer rodents, which make up 85% of the bird’s diet. This includes different types of mice. Red-tailed hawks also prey on gophers, chipmunks, squirrels, shrews and bats. They will also eat fish, insects and earthworms if the opportunity arises. In different habitats, such as our desert, the birds are known to feast on snakes and lizards. Almost half of all Red-tailed hawks do not live to the age of one in the wild. The ones that do survive will typically live to be about 12 years old. Federal and state laws prohibit the public from possessing, killing or capturing Red-tailed hawks. The birds are not considered to be endangered, and these strict laws are thought to be the reason for this. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #usinterior #redtailedhawk #hawk #birdsofprey #raptor #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #natureshots #allnatureshots #natureaddict #nature_lovers #nature_brilliance #nature_perfection #nature_captures #nature_shooters #nature_seekers #naturephotography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #respectwildlife #wildlifewednesday
Looking for the perfect camping mug? 😍 This stainless steel cababiner mug is ideal for backpacking, camping or just a good cup of joe. Your purchase directly benefits the Joshua Tree National Park. 🙌💚 Shop link is available @jtnpa #jtnpa #supportournationalparks #myfavoritenationalpark #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatree #losangeles #highdez #jmt #hiking #campingmug #highsierra #mountaingirls #andshesdopetoo #hikinglife #hikers #coffeemug #jtnp #johnmuirtrail #mtwhitney #outdoorgear #campinggear #carabiner #mountainclimbers #rockscrambling #rockclimber #rockclimbers #girlswhohike #hikinglifestyle
Insects and Arthropods of the Morongo Basin... This class is sponsored by the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Did you know that insects can survive in temperatures over 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade with little or no water? Join the Desert Institute and Instructor Kurt Leuschner who will explore the lives of the largest group of animals in the world through a study of insect anatomy, survival traits, habitats, and behaviors. Participants will learn to identify and distinguish insects from other arthropods and then practice their skills in the field. Field observations will include desert, dune, and riparian habitats, as well as a special night session with black lights at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Leuschner will share amazing stories of insects like the yucca moth, the ant lion, and the world they inhabit. Friday, September 21, 2018, 6:30 PM - Sunday, September 23, 2018, 12:00 PM PDT. Class Location: Black Rock Nature Center. For more info or to register for class click on the link in our bio or call 760-367-5535. If you are a member of JTNPA you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one today. #jtnpa #desertinstitute #desertinstituteclasses #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #arthropods #insects #nature #natureshots #allnatureshots #natureaddict #natureseekers #nature_lovers #nature_brilliance #nature_perfection #nature_captures #nature_photography
Hurry Giveaway Ends Friday, 9/7 at 5 PM PST... DESERT ESCAPE GIVEAWAY **GIVEAWAY CLOSED** Congrats to lucky winner @alliealti ✨👏👏 Are you looking for the ultimate escape to Joshua Tree? Well we’ve got you covered! We’ve teamed up with our friends @parksproject and they’re giving you a chance to win a 1-night stay at the @JoshuaTreeCabin Luna cabin, a $100 @ParksProject gift card to help you look the part, and a $100 donation to the @JTNPA in your name. Here’s how to enter: Make sure you’re following @ParksProject , @JoshuaTreeCabin and @JTNPA Like this post Tag someone you’d take to Joshua Tree! Giveaway ends Friday, 9/7 at 5PM PST. Random winner will be announced on Monday, 9/10. *US only, must be 18 or over, blackout dates may apply* Don’t miss out, Head over to @parksproject to enter now! #jtnpa #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside
Wildlife Wednesday... But, what if I really want the perfect photo? The popularity of selfies and capturing any moment through photographs or video is posing a new threat to wildlife and humans. Trigger-happy tourists have started to provoke animals, and in some instances, alter their behaviors as a result. Quietly watching from a distance can be even more rewarding than getting the perfect shot. Perhaps you even came here to “get away” from a busy lifestyle and technology. So, use your zoom or a telephoto lens, or put your camera down and take a moment to really appreciate what you see. What if I want to get an animal’s attention? Calling, clicking, whistling or making noises of any kind to attract wildlife is illegal. Animals deserve to enjoy the park without disruption just as you do. What if an animal approaches me? Wildlife may not know better, but YOU do. Although it may feel flattering, if any kind of wildlife approaches you, back away and maintain that safe distance. It’s your responsibility and your safety —help us keep wildlife wild. Keep 100 feet away from bighorn sheep, deer, mountain lions, and fox. Keep 50 feet away from other smaller wildlife like squirrels, birds, and reptiles. Some of us might think of ourselves as “animal whisperers” or be really familiar with them. We can certainly appreciate that, but consider using your gift to help our national parks be a place where wildlife can be wild. That’s why you and all of our other guests have come to appreciate these special places. Be a role model to others in your family or group and even other visitors by embodying our mission to protect and preserve our wildlife. Stay safe and never assume you are the one that can get away with a close encounter. This photo was taken with a telephoto lens. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #usinterior #wildlife #desertwildlife #coyote #nature #natureshot #allnatureshots #natureaddict #nature_brilliance #nature_perfection #nature_captures #nature_shooters #nature_seekers #naturephotography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #keepwildlifewild #wildlifewednesday
DESERT ESCAPE GIVEAWAY ** GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** Congrats to lucky winner @alliealti ✨👏👏 Are you looking for the ultimate escape to Joshua Tree? Well we’ve got you covered! We have partnered with Parks Project and they’re givin’ you a chance to win a 1-night stay at the @JoshuaTreeCabin Luna cabin, a $100 @ParksProject gift card to help you look the part, and a $100 donation to the @JTNPA in your name. Here’s how to enter: Make sure you’re following @ParksProject , @JoshuaTreeCabin and @JTNPA Like this post Tag someone you’d take to Joshua Tree! Giveaway ends Friday, 9/7 at 5PM PST. Random winner will be announced on this post Monday, 9/10. *US only, must be 18 or over, blackout dates may apply* Head over to @parksproject to Enter the GiveAway...Good Luck! #jtnpa #findyour #exploreresponsibly #optoutside
Just some of the community stewards that help continue to make this place magical and are our daily inspiration. Thank you to all, all the time.
There’s a line in the New York Times Bestselling memoir, The Glass Castle, saying “It’s the Joshua Tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty.” . When I remembered that, I realized it’s probably part of the reason I love the park and these unusual yuccas. The trees are like a metaphor for our lives. In Instagram posts life can look so good. In only sound bites, our day to day can seem so wonderful. But it isn’t always. Often life is H A R D and the struggles we share we don’t talk about enough. But that’s also what makes life beautiful. The struggle. Without pain we wouldn’t know pleasure and without darkness we wouldn’t appreciate the light. ✨
Sunrise Sipping... Perfect mug for when you’ve got @joshuatreenps on your mind. Our new stainless steel carabiner mug is great for camping, backpacking or just enjoying a good cup of coffee. You can purchase these mugs on our online store, click the link in our bio to shop now. Sale proceeds directly benefit Joshua Tree National Park, so help support Joshua Tree through our online Park Store. Our vast selection of products can help you get the most out of your Joshua Tree National Park experience. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #coffeemugsofinstagram
How beautiful is your night? Go find your stars in a National Park. •••••• Thanks to Brock @brockbagley for the dreamy night adventure. ——-- Lantern Series continued 🙏🏻 ———- #nationalparkgeek #optoutside #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #findyourpark #nationalpark #astrophotography #milkyway #milkywaychasers #jtnpa
“How-To" Identify Animal Burrows... Have you ever taken a walk and noticed a hole in the ground and wondered what animal made it? Holes abound in the desert as animals seek refuge from climatic extremes and predators, or hunt for food. Join the Desert Institute and Instructor Candice Weber who will shed light on ground holes, elevated holes, divots and mounds in this half-day field class. Participants will learn how to identify holes and what clues can help discern which animals are living in which holes in the classroom session, and then put their knowledge to the test in the field. Curious visitors as well as seasoned naturalists will enjoy peeking into the secret lives of these subterranean dwellers and discover who’s behind all of that digging! Sunday, September 16, 2018. Class is 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Black Rock Nature Center. For more info or to register for class click on the link in our bio or call 760-367-5535. (Photo By @lscrane ) #jtnpa #desertinstitute #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #desertholes #tortoise #deserttortoise #gopherusagassizii #reptile #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #natureshots #allnatureshots #natureaddict #nature_lovers #nature_seekers #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_captures #nature_prefection #nature_photography
Happy 102nd Birthday NPS! Saturday, August 25 marks the 102nd birthday of the National Park Service. Here at the Joshua Tree National Park Association we are honored and very proud to partner with this long-standing American institution, which protects and preserves our country’s most beautiful and historic places. Here’s to the next 102 years! #nationalparkservice #npsbirthday #nps102 #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #joshuatrees #silhouettes #sunset_pics #sunset_hub #sunset_captures #sunsetsnipers #sunrise_sunset #sunsetphotography #nature #natureshot #allnatureshots #natureaddict #nature_lovers #nature_seekers #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_prefection #naturephotography #nature #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #leavenotrace #americasbestidea #happybirthdaynps102
The desert bighorn sheep is the largest native animal in the desert southwest. Join the Desert Institute and Instructor Mark Jorgensen who will discuss the natural history of desert bighorn sheep in the Southwest US and northern Mexico. He will discuss the bighorn’s amazing adaptations to the desert environment, including their physical characteristics, distribution, behavior, predator relationships and diseases in this class. Participants will also learn about how the Park’s current preservation efforts for the bighorn sheep corresponds with the unique physiological characteristics of these animals and the Park’s management plan to preserve this magnificent animal, as a part of California’s heritage. During the session, the class will hike into bighorn habitat and learn the key elements important for bighorn sheep survival. The field trip will highlight the importance of vast wilderness habitats, steep terrain, diverse plant communities, protection from human encroachment, and the threat of domestic livestock diseases on the native bighorn sheep. Saturday, September 15, 2018. Class is 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Black Rock Nature Center. For more info or to register for class click on the link in our bio or call 760-367-5535. (Amazing Photo By @lscrane ) #jtnpa #desertinstitute #desertinstituteclasses #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #bighornsheep #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #natureshots #allnatureshots #natureaddict #naturelovers #nature_seekers #nature_perfection #nature_brilliance #tgif #haveagreatweekend
The Joshua Tree National Park Association’s education program, the Desert Institute, offers over 100 programs a year. The program consist of open enrollment outdoor field courses in natural history, science, survival skills, “how to” classes, hikes with a naturalist, women’s programs, and the arts, where adults can explore the natural wonders of the park with expert instructors, community lectures, and custom designed programming. Several are classes available for university credit through University of California at Riverside Extension. Summer is winding down. Are you ready for the new season at the Desert Institute? You can download the new Fall 2018 catalog and register for classes at www.joshuatree.org then click the link Desert Institute. JTNPA members get a $10.00 discount. If you’re not a member join today. For more info or to register for classes click the link in our bio or call 760-367-5535. #jtnpa #desertinstitute #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #beginmakingadifferencetoday
Repost from @jtnpa - Black Witch Moth... Tropical in origin, this is the largest moth seen north of Mexico. Its formal name is Ascalapha odorata and its wingspan can exceed 7 inches. Not actually black it is more dark brown with zigzag lines. A number "9" or paisley shape on the forewing is a prime indicator. The females have a white stripe midway along the wing and are slighter lighter in color than the males. The Black Witch moth generally flies only at night. During the day you may see one under eaves, a carport or porch awning. The beginning of the rainy season in Mexico triggers a northern migration where they are often seen in the American southwest. They are frequently mistaken for bats as they are large and fly like bats. Black Witch moths have tympanic organs or ears that detect the echolocation signals generated by bats. This hearing helps them avoid real bats when both are flying at night. Because of the similarity there are many superstitions that have evolved around this moth. In Mexico they are called the mariposa de la muerte (butterfly of death) and were known to the Aztecs. It is said that when a person is sick and this moth enters the house the sick person dies. A variation from southern Texas says that death only occurs if the moth flies in and visits all four corners of the house. In parts of Mexico if one flies over someone's head the person will lose their hair. In Hawaii if a loved one has just died the moth is an embodiment of the person's soul returning to say goodbye. It’s Friday, hope you get outdoors and explore the amazing nature found in our National Park’s. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #blackwitchmoth #Ascalaphaodorata #nature #natureshots #allnatureshots #natureaddict #naturelovers #nature_seekers #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_photography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #respectwildlife #tgif
Black Witch Moth... Tropical in origin, this is the largest moth seen north of Mexico. Its formal name is Ascalapha odorata and its wingspan can exceed 7 inches. Not actually black it is more dark brown with zigzag lines. A number "9" or paisley shape on the forewing is a prime indicator. The females have a white stripe midway along the wing and are slighter lighter in color than the males. The Black Witch moth generally flies only at night. During the day you may see one under eaves, a carport or porch awning. The beginning of the rainy season in Mexico triggers a northern migration where they are often seen in the American southwest. They are frequently mistaken for bats as they are large and fly like bats. Black Witch moths have tympanic organs or ears that detect the echolocation signals generated by bats. This hearing helps them avoid real bats when both are flying at night. Because of the similarity there are many superstitions that have evolved around this moth. In Mexico they are called the mariposa de la muerte (butterfly of death) and were known to the Aztecs. It is said that when a person is sick and this moth enters the house the sick person dies. A variation from southern Texas says that death only occurs if the moth flies in and visits all four corners of the house. In parts of Mexico if one flies over someone's head the person will lose their hair. In Hawaii if a loved one has just died the moth is an embodiment of the person's soul returning to say goodbye. It’s Friday, hope you get outdoors and explore the amazing nature found in our National Park’s. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #blackwitchmoth #Ascalaphaodorata #nature #natureshots #allnatureshots #natureaddict #naturelovers #nature_seekers #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_photography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #respectwildlife #tgif
Dangers of Flash Floods...When we anticipate impacts of incoming strong to severe thunderstorms, we typically think of high winds, large hail, and tornadoes as the main concerns for damage to life and property. Because these facets of storms are treacherous, the dangers brought on by flooding can sometimes be pushed into the background. Initial impacts from intense thunderstorms generally don't include flooding. Although, once the storm has settled in, the dangers associated with it can quickly turn to flash flooding. In certain situations, storms may become nearly stationary over an area, which can lead to major flooding. Other times, situations arise where storms will line up in an orientation that results in prolonged storm activity over a specific area. This phenomenon is known as 'training,' as the storms line up looks just like the cars of a train. During a flash flood, a typical encounter for a person on foot or in a vehicle is the presence of moving water on a trail or roadway. Unfortunately, it is easy to underestimate the power of moving water, as the force is often much greater than one would think. It takes only 6 inches of moving water to knock a person off their feet and carry them away. One foot of water has been known to put a vehicle out of control, only to be swept up by flood waters. All too often, drivers underestimate the power of moving water over a roadway. Because of this, more than half of the flood-related fatalities in the U.S. each year occur while people are in their cars. It is for this reason that you should never drive your car into a flooded roadway. Even if the water looks fairly shallow, the pavement below it could be washed out in some sections, and the true depth and force can never be estimated until one has gone too far. When you find yourself facing water over a roadway, turn around and safely go back the way you came. If you encounter flooding on a trail, get to higher ground. Be prepared, stay updated with the latest weather forecasts. Go to www.nps.gov/jotr to check JTNP Weather Alerts. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #flashfloods #thunderstorm #raininthedesert #beprepared
Wildlife Wednesday....Interesting Fox Facts: 1. Foxes have whiskers on their legs and face, which help them to navigate. 2. Gray foxes can retract their claws like cats do. 3. A male is called a ‘dog fox’ while a female is called a ‘vixen’. 4. Foxes are generally solitary animals; unlike wolves, they hunt on their own rather than in packs. Do you know any interesting fox facts? #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #grayfox #fox #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #natureshots #allnatureshots #natureaddict #naturelovers #nature_seekers #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_prefection #naturephotography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #respectwildlife #wildlifewednesday #happyhumpday
Regrann from @nationalparkgeek - When the sun sets, the party gets started. Go take in the night at a National Park. You can enjoy the Perseids meteor shower tonight. ••••• Thanks to Linsey @linsey for the beauty of the universe. ——-- I’m way too excited about this to wait until the morning to post! Captured this shot tonight of the Milky Way and Mars rising over Arch Rock trail in Joshua Tree. Hope you enjoyed the Perseids as much as I did 🌌🌠 . . . #joshuatreenationalpark #archrocktrail #jtnp #astrophotography #milkywayphotography #perseids #perseidmeteorshower #findyourpark #exploremore #getoutstayout #milkywaychasers #wildnernessculture #nationalparkgeek #imaginarymagnitude #wildcalifornia #nikond7000 ——- #nationalparkgeek #nationalpark #findyourpark #jtnpa - #regrann
When the sun sets, the party gets started. Go take in the night at a National Park. You can enjoy the Perseids meteor shower tonight. ••••• Thanks to Linsey @linsey for the beauty of the universe. ——-- I’m way too excited about this to wait until the morning to post! Captured this shot tonight of the Milky Way and Mars rising over Arch Rock trail in Joshua Tree. Hope you enjoyed the Perseids as much as I did 🌌🌠 . . . #joshuatreenationalpark #archrocktrail #jtnp #astrophotography #milkywayphotography #perseids #perseidmeteorshower #findyourpark #exploremore #getoutstayout #milkywaychasers #wildnernessculture #nationalparkgeek #imaginarymagnitude #wildcalifornia #nikond7000 ——- #nationalparkgeek #nationalpark #findyourpark #jtnpa
Happy 82nd Birthday to Joshua Tree National Park. We love your solitude and amazing night skies. •••••• #nationalparkgeek #nationalpark #findyourpark #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #optoutside #jtnpa #sunset #keepamericawild
It’s Wildlife Wednesday and #InternationalCatDay ! The Mountain Lion is a large, low-slung sandy-colored cat with a small head and a long, heavy rope-like tail. The tail makes up nearly half of the total 6–8-foot length. Males weigh from 100 to 200 pounds; females weigh from 80 to 110 pounds. The tail is long, cylindrical, and about one-third of the animal’s total length. The limbs are short and muscular. The mountain lion prefers deer, which it captures by stealth, stalking and pouncing upon its prey. A mountain lion must kill to survive, and it is well-equipped to do so. Forward-pointing eyes give it superb binocular vision. A heavily muscled body enables rapid bursts of blinding speed, and huge leaps and razor-sharp claws grip its victim during attack. Powerful jaws with sharp canine teeth bite the neck, severing the spinal cord, and blade-like carnassial teeth slice through hide and flesh. After gorging on its kill, a mountain lion will cover the remains with leaves and debris, returning in a day or two to feed again, then move on and may not kill again for 10 to 14 days. A mountain lion will take elk if they are available, but when large prey is scarce, it will eat anything it can catch: raccoons, porcupines, squirrels, rabbits, foxes and even skunks. Despite its size, it is more closely related to the small cats, and like them, purrs (due to an ossified hyoid bone in the throat) and cannot roar. (NPS Photo) #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #mountainlion #wildlife #desertwildlife #nature #natureshots #natureaddict #allnatureshots #nature_seekers #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_prefection #nature_photography #keepasafedistsnce #respectwildlife #findyourpark #optoutside #wildlifewednesday #internationalcatday2018
National Parks are prime locations to gaze at the Milky Way and the stars above. What’s your favorite park to star gaze in? •••••• Thanks to Chris @terstegge for the magnificent Milky Way. ・・・ Joshua Tree Magic🌌✨ ——- #nationalparkgeek #nationalpark #findyourpark #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #keepamericawild #jtnpa #milkyway #milkywaychasers
Wildlife Wednesday... Mexican blonde tarantulas (Aphonopelma chalcodes) are hairy, burrowing arachnids that live all over the southwestern region of the United States -- parts of California, New Mexico and Arizona. They are also often known as desert blonde tarantulas and Arizona blonde tarantulas. These nocturnal, eight-legged creatures usually grow to between 3 and 4 inches long. Males of the species are usually a blend of colors, with elements such as red bellies and black limbs. Females, on the other hand, are beige all over. When it's bright out during the daytime, Mexican blonde tarantulas generally remain tucked away, either below stones or within their burrows. They usually stay close to their burrowing areas, with the exception of times of reproduction. Visibility for the species is at a peak in the summer, when their environments receive ample rainfall. Mexican blonde tarantulas do not pose a major threat to people. Although they are indeed venomous, the stuff is not considered to be at all potent. Their bites do hurt temporarily, but are comparable in severity to bee stings. The protective hairs on their bodies feel spiky to the touch and can occasionally lead to irritation in humans and animals, especially as they are sometimes difficult to extract from the skin. These hairs only become an issue during times of defense, however. When they feel frightened, these tarantulas may rub these hairs against the skin of whatever's threatening them. This can drive attackers away with their sharp and spiny textures. Observe these gentle creatures from a distance, always respect wildlife in their natural habitat. Thank you @chrissymcg for sharing these great photos. #jtnpa #hoshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #arachnid #tarantula #desertblondetarantula #wildlife #desertwildlife #nature #natureshots #natureaddict #naturelovers #nature_perfection #nature_seekers #nature_brillance #nature_photography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #leavenotrace #optoutside #respectallwildlife #keepasafedistance #wildlifewednesday
#Repost from @danielgross with @regram.app ... So full of joy for the huge gathering of National Park Geeks last night at Joshua Tree. It’s amazing getting 60+ Geeks together for the sunset and to gaze at the Milky Way. Thanks to all that attended. 🙏 #nationalparkgeek #FYPyes #nps #nationalpark #nationalparks #americasbestidea #findyourpark #goparks #nationalparkfoundation #everykidinapark #nature #naturelovers #npca #nationalparktrust #protectourpubliclands #climatechangeisreal #onepercentfortheplanet #optoutside #abc7eyewitness #sunset #meetup #milkywaychasers #socal #jtnpa #summerinthedesert 196/365
So full of joy for the huge gathering of National Park Geeks last night at Joshua Tree. It’s amazing getting 60+ Geeks together for the sunset and to gaze at the Milky Way. Thanks to all that attended. 🙏 #nationalparkgeek #FYPyes #nps #nationalpark #nationalparks #americasbestidea #findyourpark #goparks #nationalparkfoundation #everykidinapark #nature #naturelovers #npca #nationalparktrust #protectourpubliclands #climatechangeisreal #onepercentfortheplanet #optoutside #abc7eyewitness #sunset #meetup #milkywaychasers #socal #jtnpa #summerinthedesert 196/365
Where silhouettes and sunrays are always around the corner to greet you. Have a good day out there!
Wildlife Wednesday... The Western Scrub Jay~ Interesting Facts: 1 • The food-caching behavior of these intelligent birds has been the subject of several studies. These birds plan ahead for times when food isn't readily available. This ability was previously thought to be unique to humans. Scrub Jays bury excess seeds and nuts beneath leaves, grass or mulch; and will retrieve them when food sources in their environment are scarce. 2 • According to research, their brain-to-body mass ratio rivals that of chimpanzees and cetaceans (ie. whales and dolphins). 3 • The University of California, Davis reported an odd behavior of Western Scrub Jays that is not typically associated with animals. These birds appear to mourn the loss of flock members. These jays will loudly screech near a dead jay for as long as 30 minutes and remain close to the body for a day or two. You can commonly see this bird throughout the JTNP. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #westernscrubjay #birds #birdsofinstagram #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #natureshots #allnatureshots #natureaddict #nature_prefection #nature_lovers #nature_seekers #nature_photography #wildlifewednesday
Joshua Tree National Park. California 2017. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatree #jtnpa #joshuatreenps #california #mojavedesert #desert #wilderness #mojavedesertlandtrust #stopcadiz #exploreresponsibly #roadtrip #landscape #travel
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