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they hum, the woolly mammoths. curiously they gaze at the stream of wandering creatures below. what is it like to breathe through air-filled lungs? what is it like to move about freely? the observers discuss their findings among themselves in deep baritone. the years compound and what was once new, novel, loses its intrigue. the aging crooners, tired of the disturbances below, grow taller and more distant. they begin to wonder about things that concern the sky. . . . . #Jtree #JoshuaTreeNationalPark #ExploreResponsibly #JTNP #JTNPA   #photographart_ #storytelling #ipulledoverforthis #travelphotographyguide #botanyusa #Jtree #ourplanetearth #dametravelerhotels #europe_focus_on #depthoverdistance #shotongalaxys8 #joshuatree2018 #Joshuatreepark #wildernesspark #joshuatreenp #thistle #travelbugsworld #travelbound #joshuatreeelopement #nationalparktour #nationalparksofusa #wildplants #igtravelphoto #usnationalpark #sombreexplore
Wildlife Wednesday... Rare Leucistic / Partial White Hummingbirds: The more common form of albinism. Local areas of the hummingbird's body, such as certain feathers, are lacking the pigment melanin. The color of the plumage may range from pure white, buffy, tan or greyish. Like normal-colored hummingbirds, leucistic forms have black eyes, legs and bills. Leucism occurs in two main varieties: • paleness, an equal reduction of melanin in all feathers • pied, an absence of melanin in some feathers creating white patches. Migratory hummingbirds tend to return to their favorite hummingbird feeders or flower patches year-after-year. However, it has been noted that this hasn't been the case with albinos (true or partial) - none of which have been seen again at their previously favored feeding sites. There are a few possible scenarios that alone or in combination could explain that... • A shorter lifespan ... It is believed that albino hummingbirds don't live as long as "normal"-colored hummingbirds, for the following reasons .... • All forms of albinism are associated with vision and potentially hearing problems and albinos are, therefore, less likely to detect predators early enough to escape. • Predators, on the other hand, are able to see albino hummingbirds far easier than the more camouflaged normal-colored hummingbirds. Even more so at night when hummingbirds go into a state of torpor (temporary or semi-hibernation). At this time, their white plumage is easily seen in the dark, and the albino hummingbirds are completely helpless. • It was observed that the albino hummingbirds are more aggressively pursued / chased by their normal-colored counterparts. • Albinos are less able to cope with environmental challenges. • Albino hummingbirds have more brittle (weaker) feathers that wear out more quickly than those of their "normal-colored" hummingbird counterparts resulting in reduced flying ability that makes migration back to their former territories difficult or impossible. #jtnpa #joshuatreenps #wildlife #hummingbirds #hummingbirdsofcalifornia #birdsofinstagram #californiafanpalm #wildlifewednesdays
Wildlife Wednesday... Coyote pack is actually a family unit, and there appears to be only territory, so Coyote social life involves the family. In any species that mates for life, such as the Coyote, there is a bond beyond procreation which makes it last. Only 3% to 5% of all mammalian species mate for life – as opposed to 80% of all birds. In these species, the glue that binds is that both parents raise the young. Coyote family members seem to like doing things together, and they interact constantly. Their nuclear family life is not so different from our own. Interactions between pups and parents, or between pups, are something we might expect. But what is intriguing are the interactions between adult mated pairs – they are special buddies! Captured here is a playful interaction between this pair of Coyotes. A rare and rewarding moment as a photographer. Remember to always keep your distance from wildlife, let’s keep wildlife wild. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #coyotes #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlife_seekers #wildlife_perfection #wildlife_shots #wildlife_seekers #wildlifephotography #respectwildlife #keepwildlifewild #nature #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_seekers #nature_prefection #nature_lovers #nature_captures #naturephotography #natureaddict #allnatureshots #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #wildlifewednesdays
“How-To” Survive in the Desert... Learn the essential “big five” skills needed to safely explore the sometimes harsh and often challenging desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. This workshop will provide an introduction to the fundamental skills needed for surviving in desert regions and the hazards associated with desert travel. Relying on classroom lecture and a field class at Lost Horse Campground, students will become familiar with desert skills such as emergency shelters, water location, signal mirror practice, overview of heat-related injuries, venomous creatures, and survival kits for car and backpack. On Saturday, April 14, 9am - 4pm Join the Desert Institute and Kelly Crawford who will teach the physical skills and mental processes that will prepare participants to discover some of the most beautiful and most dangerous habitats of the world. The class will also emphasize that the reliance on personal digital equipment (GPS and cell phones) can lead to catastrophic failures. Learn how to be self- reliant and don’t become a Search and Rescue statistic. This class is not to be missed if you plan on spending any time in the desert. For more info or to register for this class see the link in our bio or call 760-367-5535. “Don’t Die Today” stickers are available to purchase in all 4 of our visitor centers. #jtnpa #desertinstitute #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #hiking #desertsurvival #howtosurviveinthedesert @joshuatreeexcursions
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Hope everyone’s weekend is as chill as this guys’! Be safe and lay low......again......like this guy we snapped a pic of today. 🦎 🌞 . . . . #desertlife #joshuatree #hike #beautifulweather #spring #nature #blendin #betweenarockandarock #nofilter #mojavedesert #protectandeducate #jtnpa #mdlt #knowyourland #california
Friday Facts... Fledgling great horned owls emerge from the nest with downy plumage. These juvenile feathers do not provide the camouflage of an adult bird. Prior to developing flight feathers owlets are more easily detected and wholly reliant on their parents for food. Have a great weekend! #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #greathornedowlet #birdsofprey #birdsofinstagram #birdphotography #birds_captures #bird_lovers #bird_brilliance #nature #nature_lovers #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_perfection #nature_seekers #nature_photography #natureaddict #allnaturesshots #wildlife #desertwildlife #respectwildlife #tgif
Don’t Miss Out...The 26th Annual Art Festival will feature art inspired by the Joshua Tree National Park. The annual art show is held at the Oasis of Mara Visitor Center (74485 National Park Dr.) in Twentynine Palms, CA. The show takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 6,7, and 8th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Twenty-six artists will be on-hand to exhibit and sell their work. Meet local and regional artists and learn what it was in their desert view that so inspired their creativity. Thomas and Amara Alban’s popular pottery; Mark Heuston’s metal sculpture; wildlife photos by David McChesney, glass work by Paris Birdwell and paintings by Travis Usher and Esther Shaw will be will be just a few of the artworks available for attendees view and purchase. Award winning iconic photography will be offered by Kat Miller; Ralph Nordstrom, Rachel Rausch Johnson and Kevin Powell. Jewelry will be offered by Jessie Whitefeather and Roberta Blomster. Nancy Mc Henry and Margo Recker will show ceramics. Nearly every art form will be represented in the show: wood sculpture; photography; gourd art; pottery; paintings, glass and fine jewelry – all inspired by the desert. The Festival is sponsored by the Joshua Tree National Park Association, a non-profit organization that provides support and assistance to the park’s interpretive, educational and scientific programs. A portion of sales benefit the Association. Festival admission is free. #jtnpa ##joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #artfestival #26thannualartfestival #artists #comejointhefun
Wildlife Wednesday... Can you guess what this desert bighorn sheep is doing? No he’s not sticking his tongue out at me! In the case of this bighorn sheep, the male was licking the minerals off the ground and the tongue came out to remove any excess that may have been on the lips. Natural mineral licks are common, and they provide essential elements such as phosphorus and the biometals (sodium, calcium, iron, zinc, and trace elements) required in the springtime for bone, muscle and other growth in bighorn sheep and other wildlife. Remember to always keep your distance from wildlife, you are the visitor in their home. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #bighornsheep #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #nature_lovers #nature_seekers #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_prefection #nature_captures #nature_photography #allnatureshots #natureaddict #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #respectwildlife #wildlifewednesdays
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The new view of the Oasis of Mara @joshuatreenps. The most damaged trees have been cut down. . #Repost @jtnpa with @get_repost ・・・ Blue Moonset at the Oasis of Mara... In deserts the presence of water, that rarest of desert commodities, allows life to flourish and provides an oasis for natural and human activity. The Oasis of Mara is a cornerstone of the Joshua Tree National Park story. The Serrano planted 29 palm trees The oasis was first settled by the Serrano who called it Mara, meaning "the place of little springs and much grass." Legend holds they came to the oasis because a medicine man told them it was a good place to live and that they would have many boy babies. The medicine man instructed them to plant a palm tree each time a boy was born. In the first year, the Serrano planted 29 palm trees at the oasis. The palms also provided the Serrano with food, clothing, cooking implements, and housing. In addition, the palms are habitat for a wide variety of desert creatures from colorful orioles to the palm-boring beetle. When visiting Joshua Tree National Park, the Oasis Visitor Center is a great place to start your journey. You will receive information about the park and learn about its natural and human history. Here you will also find books, maps and a wide variety of gifts. Many visitors also take the opportunity to walk the Oasis of Mara half mile nature trail. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #oasisofmara #fanpalmoasis #desert #desertlandscapes #landscape_photography #nature #nature_seekers #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_lovers #nature_perfection #nature_captures #nature_photography #naturesddict #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #moon #bluemoon #bluemoonset #bluemoon2018
Blue Moonset at the Oasis of Mara... In deserts the presence of water, that rarest of desert commodities, allows life to flourish and provides an oasis for natural and human activity. The Oasis of Mara is a cornerstone of the Joshua Tree National Park story. The Serrano planted 29 palm trees The oasis was first settled by the Serrano who called it Mara, meaning "the place of little springs and much grass." Legend holds they came to the oasis because a medicine man told them it was a good place to live and that they would have many boy babies. The medicine man instructed them to plant a palm tree each time a boy was born. In the first year, the Serrano planted 29 palm trees at the oasis. The palms also provided the Serrano with food, clothing, cooking implements, and housing. In addition, the palms are habitat for a wide variety of desert creatures from colorful orioles to the palm-boring beetle. When visiting Joshua Tree National Park, the Oasis Visitor Center is a great place to start your journey. You will receive information about the park and learn about its natural and human history. Here you will also find books, maps and a wide variety of gifts. Many visitors also take the opportunity to walk the Oasis of Mara half mile nature trail. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #oasisofmara #fanpalmoasis #desert #desertlandscapes #landscape_photography #nature #nature_seekers #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_lovers #nature_perfection #nature_captures #nature_photography #naturesddict #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #moon #bluemoon #bluemoonset #bluemoon2018
Magical Blue Moon... On Saturday, March 31 — just ahead of Easter — a second blue moon will rise in the evening sky. This event, more commonly known as a blue moon, is the second of its kind this year (the last blue moon was just back in January). This super-rare double blue moon only occurs about four times in a century. The full moon will be officially full tomorrow at 6:55 am PDT. Moonrise tomorrow will be at 7:30 pm PDT. The next double blue moon, like this one on March 31, won't happen again until January and March of 2037. Where will you watch the Full Blue Moon? #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #sunsets #sunset_hub #sunset_madness #sunsets_captures #sunset_lovers #sunsetsniper #sunsetporn #sunrise_and_sunsets #sunsetphotography #nature #nature_seekers #nature_brilliance #nature_shooters #nature_perfection #nature_captures #naturephotography #natureaddict #desert #mojavedesert #silhouette #moon #fullmoon #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #tgif
Nolina parryi... grows in far southwest California near the coast, and also in scattered mountainous locations across the Mojave Desert, such as the upper reaches of Joshua Tree National Park. This is one of the largest nolina species, forming clumps up to 7 feet across, often branching a few times from the base to create small but tightly packed colonies. There may be over 200 leaves per rosette, each 20 to 50 inches long and 1 to 1.5 inches across. Leaf edges have a row of very fine teeth. Common name is Parry’s beargrass, giant nolina. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #nolinaparryi #nature #nature_seekers #nature_lovers #nature_shooters #natureshots #nature_brilliance #nature_perfection #nature_captures #naturephotography #natureaddict #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #leavenotrace #ryanranch
Wildlife Wednesday... How can birds stand on cactus spines? Birds’ feet are very tough. Their feet and legs are covered with tough scales. Their feet have no fleshy muscles- only tough tendons and a limited supply of nerves and blood. Some birds do get stuck, however, by sharp spines. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #cactuswren #birds #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_seekers #naturelovers #nature_perfection #natureaddict #naturephotography #pencilcholla #cactus #sunsets #sunsets_captures #sunset_pics #sunset_hub #sunrise_and_sunsets #sunsetlovers #sunsetsniper #sunsetporn #wildlifewednesdays #goodnight
Art in the Park 26th Annual Art Festival – April 6, 7 & 8, 2018 The Joshua Tree National Park Association’s Art Festival has been celebrating the inspiration of nature for 26 years! Thirty local and regional artists will be on hand at the festival to show and sell their work, sharing their personal interpretation of Joshua Tree National Park and the desert southwest. Original works of painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, art glass, jewelry and gourd art will be featured. The Art Festival runs from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day on the patio overlooking the Oasis of Mara at the Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA. Admission is free – a portion of the proceeds benefit the Joshua Tree National Park Association. Join us on April 6, 7, and 8 for the 26th Annual Art Festival! #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #artfestival #26thannualartfestival #artinthepark
Joshua Tree National Park Association welcomes Jacqueline Guevara as their new Executive Director. Pictured here is JTNPA’s Business of Operations Manager, Marian Tremblay (pictured right) welcoming Jacqueline to her new position. Jacqueline has over 25 years’ experience in non-profit management, most recently holding the position of Director of Public Engagement at Mojave Desert Land Trust. She previously worked as Habilitation Director at Desert Arc and Inland Empire Director of Workforce and Career Development for Goodwill Southern California. Her passion for the desert, coupled with her extensive background in social services, makes her a strong advocate for protecting public lands while promoting education of diverse audiences about the lands and their historical, cultural, and recreational values. Jacqueline has been a desert resident for 40 years, she moved to the Morongo Basin in 2001. Welcome Aboard Jacque! #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #newexecutivedirector
The Answer Is In Nature... #worldwaterday is a day set aside to reflect on the importance of water, some of the challenges facing water supply and possible ways of making water available and affordable. The theme of this year’s World Water Day is Nature for Water. This theme explores how we can use nature to overcome some of the water related challenges which are caused by Environmental damage, climate change and degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes, with constant negligence of the ecosystem. These challenges includes Floods, drought and water pollution. We need to find ways to conserve this precious resource now more than ever. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #barkerdam #water #landscapes #desertlandscape #landscape_captures #landscape_lovers #landscapephotography #nature #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_seekers #nature_lovers #natureaddict #nature_perfection #naturephotography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #conservation #waterconservation #worldwaterday2018
An Easter Island figurine-in Josh! #jtnpa
Wildlife Wednesday... Both male and female Gambel’s Quail give a distinctive 3–4 note call when separated from covey members. Potential threats or something suspicious near the covey triggers a chip-chip-chip, and if a direct threat occurs the birds give a crear-crear or squawk alarm call as they take wing. During the breeding season males announce their availability with a kaa or cow call given from an elevated perch. The male’s prominent black belly patch distinguishes it from the similar California Quail. This ground-hugging desert dweller would rather run than fly—watch for these plump little birds running between cover or posting a lookout on rocks or low shrubs. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #gambelsquail #birds #birdsofinstagram #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #nature_seekers #nature_perfection #nature_brilliance #natureaddict #nature_lovers #nature_shooters #naturephotography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #leavenotrace #optoutside #keepwildlifewild #respectwildlife #callofthewild #wildlifewednesdays
Colors of Spring...Here is a scene from last year’s spring bloom. Joshua Tree wildflowers are one of the park’s most beautiful sights. For a few weeks in the spring, given the right conditions, Joshua Tree explodes in a burst of color as thousands of wildflowers bloom. Reds, yellows, purples and blues splash across the park’s muted landscape, lending a psychedelic hue to an already mystical scene. Sadly, Joshua Tree wildflower blooms do not happen every year. They only occur following winters with adequate rain. If there is not enough rain, blooms will be small or nonexistant. This is a biological adaptation on the part of the wildflowers. Given the harsh nature of the desert, wildflowers appear only when conditions are favorable to their survival. Following rainy winters, Joshua Tree wildflowers flourish for a few weeks in the spring, surviving just long enough to produce seeds for the next generation. Those seeds, in turn, can lie dormant for months or years until weather conditions are just right. There has not been much rain in the area, the outlook for wildflowers in Joshua Tree National Park this spring is not good. (This shot was taken spring 2017.) #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #spring #springblooming #desert #desertlandscapes #landscapes #landscape_captures #landscape_lovers #landscape_photography #nature #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_seekers #natureaddict #nature_prefection #naturephotography #allnatureshots #sangorgoniomountain #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #leavenotrace #optoutside #firstdayofspring
California Riding and Hiking Trail: Mile 1 - Terminus. A gif of each mile marker on the trail. Unfortunately, the middle half were not labeled for those headed Eastbound. Altogether an unforgettable experience. . . Lessons learned: 1. My tent is crap and I couldn't sleep Saturday night because I was convinced it would be torn to pieces in the winds. I need a new backpacking tent. 2. When cutting weight from the pack, don't eliminate gloves in the middle of winter in the High Desert. 3. Beer is a fantastic hiking reward. Rad genius idea to include it in the water caches, courtesy of @outdoors_cali_mama. . . I had the absolute pleasure of getting to share this superb adventure with three of the coolest gals I've ever known. I'm happy to have met new trail sisters and I look forward to more adventures with my Thru-hiking crew. . . . #optoutside #jtnp #jtnpa #wildcalifornia #socalhiker #californiaridingandhikingtrail #wildandfree #girlswhohike #girlswhohikeie
California Riding and Hiking Trail, Day 3: 8 miles. The winds were torrential until a couple hours before dawn, compensated for with the warmth of the sunrise. We set off early for breakfast beers from our water/beer cache at Belle Campground, eagerly continuing on to the finish line in a sandy decent into Twentynine Palms. The last couple hundred yards to the terminus were lined with carefully placed rocks in a magical welcome to the end of this remarkable journey. . . . #optoutside #wildcalifornia #socalhiker #jtnp #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #californiaridingandhikingtrail #girlswhohike #girlswhohikeie #staywild
California Riding and Hiking Trail, Day 2: 18 miles. After a night warmed only by Lee's super delicious homemade Cytrynowka, I watched the sunrise with hot tea in hand. Set off soon after and climbed through some mountains to get to vast Joshua tree forests all the way to grabbing our water/beer cache at Ryan Campground. A restful lunch later, continued on through the part of the park dominated by volcanic rocks, then more dramatic views as the desert grew drier and eventually led to the monolithic rock piles that define the park for climbers. We set up camp against one of these piles to get some semblance of protection from the hurricane winds of the night and watched the sunset melt over the landscape. . . . #optoutside #jtnp #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #wildcalifornia #socalhiker #girlswhohike #girlswhohikeie #badasshikingwomen #sunrisetosunset #californiaridingandhikingtrail
California Riding and Hiking Trail, Day 1: 12 miles. A gorgeous day in the High Desert, starting from Black Rock campground and plunging into the @joshuatreenps backcountry. We made it through the Lower and Upper Covington Flats, settling into camp south of Quail Mountain in a dry wash nestled by Junipers and Joshua Trees. . . . #optoutside #jtnp #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #californiaridingandhikingtrail #wildcalifornia #backpackinggirls #girlswhohike #girlswhohikeie
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Sunday Slithers... Rosy boas spend most of their lives concealed beneath rocks and in crevices to escape the elements and natural predators. Granite outcroppings are the most common geologic association inhabited by the rosy boa. Less often, they are found in association with volcanic or other rock types. Only in rare places do rosy boas inhabit rockless environments. In areas with few rocks, rosy boas use rodent burrows for concealment. Rosy boas are extremely docile when encountered by humans. When disturbed, they usually roll into a compact ball with the head in the center. The species is not prone to bite in defense, but rather will release a foul-smelling musk from the base of the tail when threatened. The weather is causing snakes to come out because the reptile world is based on temperature and snakes know when the weather is warm. Here is one basic rule to follow during snake season, “Know where you are placing your hands and your feet.” (Photo NPS/Robb Hannawacker) #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #rosyboa #lichanuraorcutti #northernthreelinedboa #snakes #snakesofinstagram #reptiles #desertreptile #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #leavenotrace #optoutside #watchyourstep
Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology... The desert tortoise Gopherus agassizii is a fascinating species whose existence is threatened. This class will highlight critical issues in desert tortoise conservation, and the unique morphological, physiological, and behavioral traits essential for these reptiles to survive. In the morning participants will explore the tortoise preserve at Copper Mountain College (CMC). Moving to the classroom, Kristin Berry Ph.D. will explain the ecology, life history and current threats to this species. Edward LaRue Jr. M.S., will then show how to detect tortoises in the field, and discuss their occurrence in the Morongo Basin. Michael Vamstad M.S. will discuss tortoise conservation and education activities in Joshua Tree National Park. Scott Hoffman M.S. will describe the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s range-wide monitoring program for desert tortoises. Paul Delaney Ph.D. will summarize preserve management, and the remarkable variety of adaptations exhibited by these amazing animals. Participants then return outside to practice detecting tortoises, scat, tracks and burrows using field equipment. Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. Join us Saturday, March 17, 2018. For more info or to sign up for this class see the link in our bio or call 760-367-5535. #jtnpa #desertinstitute #coppermountaincollege #gopherusagassizii #deserttortoise #deserttortoiseconservation #deserttortoisepreserve #ecology #burrows #scatsandtracks #wildlifewednesday
No hugging Teddy-Bear Cholla...With their chocolate-brown stems and fuzzy golden arms, the teddy-bear chollas really do seem friendlier than other desert dwellers. They tend to grow in clustered formations, like small societies in the sand, serving as a bright audience to the sun's rise and fall in the desert sky. If they appear to be waiting for something, it is you—to wander by, graze one of their many arms, and become an unwitting cholla propagator. There are two things to remember about the teddy-bear cholla: first, their segmented branches are eager to detach, travel, and take root; second, they are determined hitchhikers. The cholla hopes to travel as far as it can, hitching a ride, because these easily fragmented stem segments are its preferred method of reproduction. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #cholla #teddybearcholla #jumpingcholla #cacti #nature #nature_prefection #natureshots #nature_lovers #nature_brilliance #nature_prefection #naturephotography #landscapes #landscape_lovers #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #sonorandesert #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #leavenotrace #optoutside #chollacactusgarden
Spring Forward... Here are 10 fun facts about daylight saving time you may not have known: 1. While not necessarily advocating changing time, Benjamin Franklin urged his fellow countrymen to work during daylight and sleep after dark, thus saving money on candles. 2. The correct term is daylight "saving" (not savings) time. The incorrect term “daylight savings time” is commonly used, especially in Australia, Canada and the United States. It's also supposed to be lowercase, not uppercase. 3. The U.S. Department of Transportation is in charge of time in the U.S., including time zones and daylight saving time. 4. Daylight saving became a federal law in 1966, with passage of the Uniform Time Act. 5. Only two states don't observe it — Hawaii and Arizona. 6. Parts of Indiana didn't observe daylight saving time until 2006, when it became a law statewide. 7. Twenty-six states want to make DST year-round. Florida could be the first. 8. Eight months of the year are in daylight time, and four months are in standard time. 9. Adults 65 and older may struggle with the time change more than others. 10. During the energy crisis of the 1970s, Congress ordered states to go on year-round daylight saving time between January 1974 and April 1975. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #sunset #sunset_hub #sunset_captures #sunset_pics #sunset_madness #sunrise_and_sunsets #landscapes #landscape_captures #landscape_lovers #landscapephotography #nature #naturephotography #nature_shooters #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #daylightsavingtime
International Women’s Day...is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women's rights. While the first observance of a Women's Day was held on February 28, 1909 in New York, March 8 was suggested by the 1910 International Woman's Conference to become an "International Woman's Day." After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations. We extend our special thanks today to all the outstanding women on our own staff here at JTNPA. Thanks as well to the many wonderful women that generously donate their time to the Desert Institute and Joshua Tree National Park as volunteers! (Photo NPS/Brad Sutton) #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #womensrights #honoringwomen #womensupportingwomen #womenwhoexplore #womenwhotravel #womensinternationalday
Wildlife Wednesday... Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched. These birds have evolved smaller feet to be lighter for more efficient flying. They will use their feet for itching however. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #humingbirds #birds #birdsofinstagram #birds_captures #wildlife #wildlife_perfection #wildlife_seekers #wildlifephotography #nature #nature_seekers #nature_perfection #nature_brilliance #nature_shooters #natureaddict #nature_lovers #hummingbirdfacts #wildlifewednesday
Intaglios along the Colorado River...Intaglios or large figures laid out on the ground are one of the unsolved mysteries of modern Archaeology. Officially classified as a form of rock art, there are over 300 intaglios in the American Southwest and Mexico. On Saturday, March 10, 2018 join The Desert Institute and Instructor Daniel McCarthy who will lead this all-day field class to three sites to explore these larger than life images preserved on the desert floor. The best known of these are the Blythe Intaglios along the Colorado River that are famous for multiple human-like figures. The largest human figure is 240 feet in length! Participants will learn about these “gravel pictographs” and their significance. This is a great opportunity to visit these immense drawings with an expert archaeologist. Participants will drive 230 miles (round trip) during the class, from Twenty-nine Palms to just north of Blythe where the class will finish. Carpooling is encouraged. For more info or to sign-up for this class go to the link in our bio or call 760-367-5535. #jtnpa #desertinstitute #archaeology #rockart #gravelpictographs #intaglios
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the old generation was taught that they were set apart, higher in the order of things; stewards of the land endowed with the curation and maintenance of the most sophisticated life forms in the universe. my generation sees itself below that order, set apart from it still, except evil, polluting, unleashing destruction on everything touched. they tell us that animals are indefensible and plants are harmless and the world will die any day now. they tell us we're not meant to be here; that we ought to remove ourselves from the equation: change your diet, they say. lower your footprint, stop buying factory produce, stop using water, stop eating animals, stay out of nature, don't have children, disappear completely if possible so that we might save the planet. are we not worthy to be preserved, are we not part of nature too? . . . . #Jtree #JoshuaTreeNationalPark #ExploreResponsibly #JTNP #JTNPA   #photographart_ #storytelling #ipulledoverforthis #travelphotographyguide #botanyusa #Jtree #ourplanetearth #dametravelerhotels #europe_focus_on #depthoverdistance #shotongalaxys8 #joshuatree2018 #Joshuatreepark #wildernesspark #joshuatreenp #thistle #travelbugsworld #travelbound #joshuatreeelopement #nationalparktour #nationalparksofusa #wildplants #igtravelphoto #usnationalpark #sombreexplore
Wildlife Wednesday...Here are some intriguing adaptations that help a woodpecker survive. First, a woodpecker’s skull is built to absorb shock and minimize damage. The bone that surrounds the brain is thick and spongy, and loaded with trabeculae, microscopic beam-like bits of bone that form a tightly woven “mesh” for support and protection. This spongy bone is unevenly distributed in woodpeckers, and it is concentrated around the forehead and the back of the skull, where it could act as a shock absorber. Woodpeckers' hyoid bones act as additional support structures. In humans, the horseshoe-shaped hyoid is an attachment site for certain throat and tongue muscles. Woodpeckers’ hyoids do the same job, but they’re much larger and are differently shaped. The ends of the “horseshoe” wrap all the way around the skull and, in some species, even around the eye socket or into the nasal cavity, eventually meeting to form a sort of sling shape. This bizarre-looking bone acts like a safety harness for the woodpecker’s skull, absorbing shock stress and keeping it from shaking, rattling and rolling with each peck. A woodpecker’s beak helps prevent trauma, too. The outer tissue layer of its upper beak is longer than the lower beak, creating a kind of overbite, and the bone structure of the lower beak is longer and stronger than the upper one. The uneven build diverts impact stress away from the brain and distributes it to the lower beak and bottom parts of the skull instead. Woodpecker’s thick nictitans-membranes beneath the lower lid of their eyes, sometimes called the “third eyelid” close over the eyes. This protects them from debris and keeps them in place. In an average day, a woodpecker will bang its head on a tree 12,000 times, and yet they don’t seem to hurt themselves or be the least bit bothered by it. This is because, after millions of years of this type of behavior, they’ve evolved some specialized headgear to prevent injuries to their heads, brains, and eyes. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #ladderbackedwoodpecker #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #nature_shooters #nature_perfection #naturephotography #allnatureshots #wildlifewednesday
Geology of the Amboy Crater... Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973, Amboy Crater was recognized for its visual and geological significance. There are a number of dormant volcanoes in the Mojave Desert, and Amboy crater is a perfect example of a cinder volcanic cone very similar to the volcanoes throughout the region. Amboy crater is a youthful cone geologically, having erupted as recent as 10,000 years ago (although most geologists agree the volcano is probably 100,000 years old). Cinder cones are small basaltic volcanoes that spit spongy fragments of basaltic lava up to an inch or two in diameter. This spongy material is called tephra. As the tephra lands after being spit into the air, it breaks into small pieces and cools. Normally, there are a lot of gas bubbles in the basalt as it cools, causing a lot of air pockets inside the rock. This makes the rock somewhat lightweight. Join the Desert Institute and Professor Tor Lacy on this all-day field trip on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Only a few more spaces left for this class. For more info or to sign-up see the link in our bio or call 760-367-5535. ( Spring time at Crater Photo by BLM/ Bob Wick) #jtnpa #desertinstitute #amboycraternationalnaturallandmark #amboycrater #volcano #cindercone #geology #naturalscience #amboyca
Explore Ruby Lee Mill... Join The Desert Institute and Instructor, Guidebook Author, Photographer Kevin Powell on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Tucked away in the remote Hexie Mountains is an old mining related mill site known as the Ruby Lee. Long abandoned and infrequently visited, this moderate, six mile hike will explore a classic desert wash, then, follow a barely discernable old mining road up to the actual mill site. Along the way the hiker will be treated to views of the vast Pinto Basin and the rugged Pinto and Coxcomb. Once at the mill site, there will be a brief discussion of the mills origin and history. For more info or to sign up for this class go to the link in our bio or call 760-367-5535. #jtnpa #desertinstitute #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #desert #desertlandscape #hiking #exploring #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #rubyleemill #nationalparkadventures
Hiked and camped our way through the backcountry of Joshua Tree Nat'l park via the California Riding & Hiking Trail. @i.rose.c and I prepped for this thru-hike for months, only to find ourselves rolling with the punches for the entire three days and two nights. 😅 Due to minor injuries and time constraints, we decided to exit the trail 10 miles from the end. That's a 27.5-mile mix of breathtaking desert views, heat exhaustion, wildlife, high winds, blisters, remoteness, kindness of strangers, and so on. Hitchhiked back to town and lived to tell the tale. 😆 Until next time!
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