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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
The role of clouds... Although the twilight sky can certainly inspire awe even when it is devoid of clouds, the most memorable sunsets tend to be those with at least a few clouds. Clouds catch the last red-orange rays of the setting sun and the first light of the dawn like a theatre screen, and reflect this light to the ground. But certain types of clouds are more closely associated with eye-catching sunsets than others. These elevated cumuliform clouds (pictured here) add interest, as the vertical extent of the clouds and their trailing precipitation cascades (fallstreaks) result in gradations of lighting that are not as easily realized in more uniform cloud decks. Joshua Tree National Park in known for some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Maybe you would like to share your sunset experience? #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #sunsets #sunset_hub #sunsetporn #sunsetsniper #sunset_vision #sunset_lovers #sunset_pics #sunrise_and_sunsets #sunsetphotography #nature #natureshots #natureaddict #naturelovers #allnatureshots #nature_prefection #nature_seekers #nature_shooters #nature_photography #desert #mojavedesert #monsoon #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #leavenotrace #optoutside #weloveourdesertsunsets
I’m hosting a National Park Geek meetup this Saturday at Joshua Tree. I’d love to see you in the evening for the sunset and Stars. Meeting at Geology Tour Rd and Park Blvd after 7pm. The Milky Way comes out around 9:30. Bring your manual camera and tripod and we will share how to photograph the stars if you like. Let me know if you have any questions. @nationalparkgeek #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #jtnpa #nationalparkgeek #FYPyes #nps #nationalpark #nationalparks #americasbestidea #findyourpark #goparks #nationalparkfoundation #everykidinapark #nature #naturelovers #npca #nationalparktrust #protectourpubliclands #climatechangeisreal #onepercentfortheplanet #abc7eyewitness #milkyway #astrophotography #milkywaychasers 190/365
Sunset in JTNP last night was beautiful. #joshuatreenationalpark #beautiful #sunset #joshuatreebottleworks #jtnpa
Is That Rain That I Smell.... Many people don’t realize that the Creosote Bush is the reason that they love the smell of rain in the desert. Tonight life in the desert rejoices with some much needed rain. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenationalparknps #nationalpark #sunsets #sunset_hub #sunset_pics #sunrise_and_sunsets #sunsetlovers #sunsetsniper #sunsetphotography #summer #summersunset #monsoon #desert #mojavedesert #weneedtherain
Joshua Tree cacti 🌵 in bloom 🌸. From my very first trip to #joshuatree 2 years ago. It was 💗 at first sight!
"We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune." ~ Theodore Roosevelt ~ Happy #IndepenceDay from all of us at Joshua Tree National Park Association. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenationalparknps #nationalpark #FourthofJuly #theodorerooseveltnationalpark #sunsets #sunset_hub #sunset_pics #sunset_madness #sunset_captures #sunsetphotography #nature #natureshots #allnatureshots #natureaddict #nature_seekers #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_photography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside
What better way to greet the morning in Joshua Tree than with coffee in matching Skull Rock mugs by Ed Keesling? Our anniversary mugs from JT National Park Oasis Visitor Center! #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenationalparkassociation #skull #skullrock #handmade #pottery #artisan #handcrafted #original #edkeesling #mojave #mojavedesert #desert #desertrat #coffee
In 1998 the Bighorn sheep was listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Today, Bighorn still inhabit Baja California, but their numbers have dwindled to less than three percent of the estimated 1.5 million of the early 1800s. They are one of the most endangered mammals of North America. Their subspecies Ovis canadensis audoboni of the Black Hills has been extinct since the early 1920s. Furthermore in 2010, pneumonia epidemics spread through bighorn populations in many western states killing scientists say up to 90% of the population. I was lucky to have a rare opportunity to photograph these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. It is extremely sad how little of them exist today! #endangeredspecies #wildlife #protectwildlife #bighorn #Photography #mojavedesert #sheep #nature #Nikon #nikonusa #awareness #bighornsheep #nationalpark #jtnpa #wildlifephotography
Air freshener gift set check-in!...if you haven’t already, go to our giveaway post for details. 5 winners tomorrow! Details in Giveaway post! . . . . . #giftset #gift #joshuatree #joshuatreecandlecompany #jtnpa #airfreshener #scentology #aromatherapy #unique #earthinspired #desertinspired #desertlife #giveaway #contest #freebies
unmistakably on my own. arid emptiness. no bird nor tree. no beeping or buzzing in the pocket. no guide, no selfie queens. no throbbing headphones, no flight paths etched across the sky. no billboard advertising. no street lights or inane warning signs. yes it's high up here. if I stumble and fall, nobody will alert the authorities. there are none, no witnesses either. take comfort here, alone, between the crags and crevices. or will panic and loneliness overtake you? . . . . #Jtree #JoshuaTreeNationalPark #ExploreResponsibly #JTNP #JTNPA   #photographart_ #storytelling #ipulledoverforthis #travelphotographyguide #botanyusa #Jtree #ourplanetearth #dametravelerhotels #dtla #depthoverdistance #shotongalaxys8 #joshuatree2018 #Joshuatreepark #wildernesspark #joshuatreenp #thistle #travelbugsworld #travelbound #joshuatreeelopement #nationalparktour #nationalparksofusa #wildplants #igtravelphoto #usnationalpark #sombreexplore
WHAT IS THE FULL STRAWBERRY MOON? The June Full Moon is called the Full Strawberry Moon. This Full Moon got its name from the Algonquin tribes who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries. It’s other names are Rose Moon, Hot Moon, or Hay Moon as hay is typically harvested around now. Look for the full moon on June 27, 2018. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #fullmoon #strawberrymoon #moonrise #landscapes #desertlandscapes #landscape_photography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #leavenotrace #optoutside #watchforthefullmoon
Lucky day #2 ... Gray Foxes are opportunistic foragers and will eat numerous types of food. They hunt anything from rabbit size on down, including rodents, birds, lizards, snakes, and insects. Carrion is always welcomed. Gray foxes will eat juniper berries, mesquite beans, prickly pear fruit, corn, and piñon nuts. They can be stubborn about possible food sources, often disregarding a natural wariness of human presence while concentrating on obtaining something to eat. The last photo is the mother basking in the early morning sun, look at the colors of her coat. Remember to keep a safe distance from all wildlife. These photos were taken with a telephoto lens, not a cell phone. Hope you are having a great weekend. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #grayfox #desertgrayfox #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #natureshots #allnatureshots #natureaddict #nature_lovers #nature_seekers #nature_perfection #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #leavenotrace #optoutside #respectwildlife #keepasafedistance #earlymorninghikes
The rewards of early morning hikes... The ears of the Gray Fox are long and pointed. They are able to hear very well and they also have great eyesight. Their sense of smell is very good too, so they use their combined senses in order to get out there and stay well protected. Their color helps them blend in to their surroundings so they are able to hide from predators at the same time. Keep a safe distance from all wildlife (minimum of 50 yds), do not feed wildlife, and remember this is their home. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #grayfox #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #respectwildlife #nature #natureshots #natureaddict #allnatureshots #nature_lovers #nature_seekers #nature_perfection #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_photography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #leavenotrace #optoutside #keepwildlifewild #beattheheathikeearly #grayfoxonmyearlymorninghike
Happy #SummerSolstice ... Summer is officially here, an excessive heat warning is in effect. Be Prepared: Though beautiful, the desert environment can be harsh and unforgiving. Preparedness is critical for your Safety. • There is no cell service throughout the park. • Always keep an ample supply of water with you while traveling through the park, whether driving or hiking. We recommend a minimum of one gallon of water per person, per day; hikers and cyclists should carry two gallons per person, per day. • Avoid strenuous activity during times of extreme heat. Hike early morning hours. •Protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Remember, your safety is your responsibility. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #summersolstice #summer #desert #desertlandscapes #landscapes #landscape_photography #landscape_captures #sunsets #sunset_hub #sunset_pics #sunset_madness #sunset_vision #sunrise_and_sunsets #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #leavenotrace #longestdayoftheyear #summerisofficiallyhere
Wildlife Wednesday... #NationalPollinatorWeek Hummingbirds are great pollinators, indeed often a major source of pollination for a variety of flowers, shrubs and trees. In fact according to the Forest Service, “In the continental United States, hummingbirds are key in wildflower pollination.” Nectar varies in the sugars it contains. Flowers pollinated by hummingbirds, butterflies, hawk moths, and many bees secrete nectar rich in sucrose, whereas those pollinated by bats and by passerine birds (American orioles and tanagers) have nectar rich in glucose and fructose, sugars that are also found in fruits. The significance of these intriguing differences is unknown, but they do not seem to matter much to hummingbirds and bats. Hummingbirds happily feed on leftover nectar in bat flowers, while bats routinely empty hummingbird feeders full of sucrose solution. Pictured in the first photo is the desert Creosote Bush, and pictured in the last two photos is the desert Willow Tree. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #nationalpollinatorweek #pollinators #hummingbirds #birdsofinstagram #nature #natureaddict #natureshots #allnatureshots #nature_lovers #nature_shooters #nature_seekers #nature_prefection #nature_photography #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #respectwildlife #wildlifewednesday
Did you know it was National Hike with a Geek Day? How could we let this go by without a shout out to some National Park Geeks. We love seeing NP Geeks meeting up and enjoying a hike. ••••••• Many thanks to our friends @theadventurous3 and @notsojrrangers who did a hike the other day at Joshua Tree. ———- This is beautiful! We were loving that sunset glow!💛 ❤🧡 We enjoyed our day hiking and exploring in Joshua Tree National Park with Mandy and Katie @notsojrrangers They are awesome educators, and good stewards of the land. Way to keep it wild, ladies. Be sure to give them a follow on their epic national parks journey if you aren't already doing so. ——— #nationalparkgeek #nationalpark #findyourpark #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #hikewithageekday #jtnpa
Great News... The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park has just announced its Fall 2018 schedule of classes. From day trips to unexplored areas of the park to weekend-long science classes, the Desert Institute has your outdoor exploration and educational plans covered! Check out our classes @joshuatree.org click on any class listings to learn more or to register today. #jtnpa #desertinstitute #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #desert #mojavedesert #landscapes #landscape_lovers #landscape_captures #landscape_photography #nature #natureshots #natureaddict #allnatureshots #nature_lovers #nature_seekers #nature_prefection #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_photography #sunsets #sunset_vision #sunset_hub #sunset_pics #sunsetsniper #sunrise_and_sunsets #sunset_madness #desertinstitutefallclasses2018
#onsale now at the #29palms Visitors Center and Chamber! Shout out to the @jtnpa for donating them. #joshuatreenationalpark #JTNP #JTNPA
Sometimes you just want a bit of peace. Joshua Tree National Park has that covered. ••••• Thank you Mike @mmccoyphotography for sharing the evening. ——- Sunset last night in Joshua tree national park with @lsullivan0704 #neverstopexploring #gooutside #optoutside #rei1440project #nationalparkgeek #joshuatreenationalpark #sunset #shesaidyes ——- #nationalparkgeek #jtnpa #joshuatree
Wildlife Wednesday... Scorpions are arachnids and have eight legs like their cousins—spiders, mites, and ticks. They can quickly grab an insect with their pincers and whip their telson, the poisonous tip of their tail forward and sting their prey. They use their poison to kill prey and to defend against predators. Scorpions look like small lobsters and may be the first animals to move from water to land hundreds of millions of years ago. They have been around since before the age of the dinosaurs. Fossils of scorpions from Scotland hundreds of millions of years ago show that their appearance hasn’t changed over the millennia, but they are now half the size of their ancient ancestors. Scorpions typically eat insects, but when food is scarce, they can slow their metabolism to as little as one-third the typical rate for arthropods. This technique enables some species to use little oxygen and live on only one insect per year. Such survival skills allow scorpions to live in some of the planet's toughest environments. The giant hairy scorpion is the largest scorpion in North America, attaining a length of 5.5 inches. Although this scorpion is big, its venom is not very potent, and its sting is commonly perceived to be about as painful as a bee sting. However, in the event of an allergic reaction to the venom, immediate medical treatment is advised. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #scorpion #hadrurusarizonensis #arachnid #anthropod #wildlife #desertwildlife #respectwildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifewednesday
Some people say, “It looks like Mars out here” or “Those trees look like something out of Dr. Seuss!” or “This desert is just plain magic”......whatever your interpretation is, make sure it’s all desert love. . . . . #joshuatreecandlecompany #desertstateofmind #perspective #joshuatree #jtnpa #jtnp #drseuss #strangeland #desertlife #earthinspired #aromatherapy #california #hike #walkabout #homedecor #chandelier #mars #oneofakind #wherearewe
Wildlife Wednesday... Rams engage in battle to determine dominance. Dominance is expressed via visual displays. Dominance interactions include displacement from a bedding site, kicking, butting, neck wrestling, and fights; horn clashes are the most widely known of these interactions. The most dominant rams are those typically with the largest bodies and horns. Swipe left to see how this dominant ram forces another ram to leave his bedding site as a ewe approaches their position. In the end, the less dominant ram is forced to leave, while this big ram and ewe stand together with watchful eyes. Wildlife is amazing to observe, please respect wildlife and always observe from a safe distance. Remember you are the visitor in their home. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenationalparknps #nationalpark #bighornsheep #ram #ewe #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlife_seekers #wildlife_perfection #wildlifephotography #nature #natureshots #allnatureshots #natureaddict #nature_lovers #nature_seekers #nature_perfection #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_photography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #wildlifewednesday #respectwildlife
Parish Club-Cholla... When a person spots a Parish club-cholla for the first time, they are likely to wonder: “Is it alive?” For most of the year, Parish club-cholla resembles a partially decomposed prickly-pear with shrunken pads and a cloak of thick, prominent spines. But the life force is deceptively dormant in this fierce-looking little cactus. During late May or June, Parish club-cholla produce yellow and pink funnel-shaped flowers that seem to reach for the sky, and for a short while this cactus becomes an enthralling sight. Other Common Names: dead cactus, devil’s cactus, ground mat cholla, horse crippler. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenationalparknps #nationalpark #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #leavenotrace #cactus #grusoniaparishii #parishclubcholla #blooms #desertblooms #cactusblooms #colorinthedesert
Mojave Morning ••• Monday will be the hottest day of the week. 🔥 #jtnpa #mojavedesert #sunrise #sunrise_and_sunsets #almostsummer #staycool 😎
Wildlife Wednesday... May 23 is #WorldTurtleDay Celebrate the ultimate slow and steady land reptile with some interesting facts. 1. They can smell with their throats. Like other reptiles, tortoises detect the faintest of smells with the vomeronasal organ, or Jacobson's Organ, on the roof of their mouths. Instead of flicking their tongues, they pump their throats to circulate air through the nose and around the mouth. 2. They can't swim, but tortoises can hold their breath for a long time. They're extremely tolerant of carbon dioxide. It's a good thing—tortoises have to empty their lungs before they can go into their shells. You'll often hear them exhale when they're startled and decide to hide. Don't Touch! If you see a tortoise in the wild, it is important not to pick it up. 3. Like a young child who may wet his pants when afraid, a tortoise will "void" its bladder if frightened. This could have life-threatening consequences for the animal if it is not able to replenish its water supply. Handling wild tortoises is illegal under the Endangered Species Act. The only reason for picking one up is when the tortoise is on or near a road and is in imminent danger of being struck by a vehicle. If you must move one, grasp it firmly with two hands, keep it just a few feet above the ground, and move it off the road about 50 feet in the same direction in which it was headed. Then place it gently back on the ground (preferably in the shade). Please keep a safe distance from all wildlife. Remember you are a visitor in their home. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #tortoise #gopherusagassizii #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #natureshots #natureaddict #allnatureshots #nature_lovers #nature_perfection #nature_brilliance #nature_shooters #nature_seekers #naturephotography #keepwildlifewild #respectwildlife #wildlifewednesday #worldturtleday 🐢
The Roadrunner has a comical personality that can brighten the day of anyone who spots one. Roadrunners can be very skittish, so it is better to watch from a distance using a pair of binoculars. When photographing please keep a safe distance of 25 yards. Simply just relax, pay attention, and enjoy! #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #roadrunner #greaterroadrunner #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #natureshots #natureaddict #nature_lovers #nature_seekers #nature_shooters #nature_prefection #nature_brilliance #nature_photography #allnatureshots #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #respectwildlife #keepasafedistance
Coyote Facts ~ Perhaps the coyotes reputation for wiley behavior stems from their somewhat shady facial expressions, and the sense that sneaky thoughts are brewing just behind those yellow eyes. Keep a safe distance from all wildlife, this shot was taken with a telephoto lens. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #wildlife #desertwildlife #respectwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #natureshots #natureaddict #nature_perfection #nature_shooters #nature_brilliance #nature_seekers #nature_lovers #allnatureshots #nature_photography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #respectwildlife #tgif
Wildlife Wednesday... Red-tailed Hawks get most of the water that they need from eating their prey. Though hawks have been observed getting their water from puddles, rivers, lakes and streams. The hawk will drink water wherever they can find it. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #redtailedhawks #birdsofprey #raptors #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #nature_lovers #nature_seekers #nature_brilliance #nature_prefection #natureshots #natureaddict #allnatureshots #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #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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