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TNT to my picture of a Joshua Tree printed and mounted 18 ft tall on a wall at the University of California Irvine libraries it will be coming down soon and I'm preparing a new image to replace it. Tomorrow I will be out searching for water and good images #be_epic #authenticahp #jt #joshuatreenps #nps #nationalpark #getoutside #desert #cactus #socal #california #landscape #desert 🏜#california #palmsprings #rocks #canon #mojave #southerncalifornia #outdoorlife #rockclimbing #forceofnature #JTNP #npwest #parksforall #findyourpark #roadtrip @joshuatreenps #astrophotography #jtnpa @nationalparkservice #zot #ucilibraries @ucilibraries #uci
The Winter Milky Way... Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center invites stargazers to enjoy the desert night sky on Saturday, January 20. This free public event begins at 6:00 pm and ends around 9:00 pm. The Observatory is located at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms, just outside the main (north) entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Mid January is a great time to view the sky, eight first magnitude stars and several of the brightest constellations stand out against the star fields of the Winter Milky Way. (Photo Credit: Matthew Hall @staticdirt ) #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #skysthelimit #nightsky #nightskyphotography #landscape_captures #allnatureshots #natureaddict #instanaturelover #naturephotography #nature_shooters #wintermilkyway
Wildlife Wednesday... The forward facing eyes of the Cooper’s Hawk are yellow to deep red. They have good depth perception for hunting and catching prey while flying at high speeds. During hunting, the Cooper's Hawk approaches its prey stealthily, moving quietly through dense cover until it is close enough to overcome its target with a burst of speed. The secretive traits that allow the Cooper's Hawk to surprise its prey also make it difficult to observe by humans. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #coopershawk #hawk #birdsofprey #birdsofinstagram #birdlovers #nature #natureaddict #naturephotography #nature_shooters #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #wednesdaywildlife
Digging into Joshua Tree's Geology... The geologic landscape of Joshua Tree has long fascinated visitors to this desert. How did the rocks take on such fantastic shapes? What forces sculpted them? Geologists believe the face of our modern landscape was born more than 100 million years ago. Molten liquid, heated by the continuous movement of Earth’s crust, oozed upward and cooled while still below the surface. These plutonic intrusions are a granitic rock called monzogranite. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark # #geology #geologicformations #facerock #landscape #desertlandscape #landscapephotography #nature #natureshots #allnatureshots #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #doyouseeaface
Flying Into Friday... Red-Tailed Hawks have various forms of vocalizations that sounds like screams. Other sounds that they offer are similar to a steam whistle. They tend to make sounds as they soar and while they are hunting. They use sounds to be able to offer warnings, to show anger, and to protect their territory. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #redtailedhawk #birdsofprey #birdsofinstagram #birdsinflight #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #natureshots #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #haveagreatweekend
Wildlife Wednesday... Unlike most mammals, desert bighorn sheep have the ability to lose up to 30% of their body weight in water (more than a camel) and still survive. Bighorn may go without drinking for weeks or months in the cooler parts of the year. After drinking up to two gallons of water in just a few minutes, they recover from their dehydrated condition. Here at Barker Dam the bighorn sheep take advantage of water collected in pools from the recent rains. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #bighornsheep #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #respectwildlife #nature #naturephotography #barkerdam #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #keepyourdistancefromwildlife #wildlifewednesday
Water, water, water.... There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be. EDWARD ABBEY, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #nationalpark #desert #desertlandscape #landscapephotography #clouds #cloudscape #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #rain #raininthedesert
The Desert Institute and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society present the Old Schoolhouse lecture series with Bob and Jeff Dunn and their recount of the history of “The Dunn Family in 29 Palms”. Harry and Doris Sherman discovered a dry place in the sun called 29 Palms in the mid 1930’s. Family friends (Amo and Sherm Clark) had talked about the place and the Shermans came to visit from their home in Beverly Hills. They purchased property on the southwest side of town near the entrance to 49 Palms (now “Sherman Highlands”). Harry built a small home (with his own hands) and dragged Doris and his four girls out on weekends to enjoy the desert solitude. Doris always felt better at “Roadrunner’s Roost”. Like so many WWI mustard gas victims, it eased her breathing and helped with her asthma. Once the girls had finished school, Harry and Doris moved to the desert full time. Daughter Judy went to college at Eugene, Oregon where she met a young man from the Pacific Northwest. Ralph Dunn and Judy fell in love and Ralph eventually chased her to 29 Palms to “meet the family”. Ralph, being a total rain hater, thought he had found heaven in the dry, parched sand in the Mojave Desert. Judy and Ralph were married under the cloud of WW II and came back to 29 Palms with two children under their arms. Now it was time to figure out a way to make a living, raise a family, and help create a community in this small corner of the desert. Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, this lecture is held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, on Friday, January 12 at 7 pm. This lecture is open to the public and costs $5 per person at the door. For more info call 760-367-5535. (Photos: Courtesy of Jeff Dunn) #jtnpa #desertinstitute #29palmshistoricalsociety #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #oldschoolhouselectures #familyhistory29palms @jaimers29
Rain Will Finally Return To Southern California...The first significant rainstorm of the season is coming, and it's expected to hit almost all of California early this week. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #desert #desertlandscape #landscapephotography #clouds #nature #mojavedesert #weneedtherain #rainintheforecast ☔️
We are accepting applications for the Executive Director, Joshua Tree National Park Association Joshua Tree National Park Association is a private, non-profit organization that works on behalf of Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP) via a Cooperating Association partnership agreement. Its primary funding source is the revenue from park visitor center product sales. Aside from overhead costs, all proceeds are dedicated to JTNP in the form of grants and in-kind aid and assistance. The organization has 15-20 employees, depending on park visitor volume. Executive Director duties include but are not limited to: carrying out the will of the board of directors; supervision of all JTNPA operations and staff, and making a full, monthly report to the board; interfacing with Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent and personnel on all matters relating to partnership business, especially including park requests for aid and assistance; preparing annual budget and supervision of financial affairs in cooperation with the board treasurer and the Business Operations Manager; representing the Association in the local community and in the National Park Service partnership community at large; maintaining up-to-date familiarity with Association policy and a working knowledge of NPS rules and regulations governing Cooperating Association/Park partnerships; oversight of published materials and media post as necessary. Desirable candidate qualifications: desire to work for a good cause; constructive supervisory and team leader skills; willingness to learn on the job; willingness to be accountable; good organizational and time management skills; more cooperative than autocratic; familiarity with common computer programs [technical skills helpful]; competent written and oral communication skills. (This position involves a steep learning curve, and the new ED will have the full, patient support of the Association.) Salary range, $50-60K, depending on experience. Benefit Package. Wage increases subject to performance and Association revenues Send resume before February 15, 2018 to: Marian@joshuatree.org #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalpark #parkpartners
National Bird Day: Joshua Tree National Park’s Christmas Bird Count- the 51st for the park- is held today Friday, January 5, 2018. One of our favorite birds, the Red-Tailed Hawk just waiting to be counted! #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #redtailedhawk #birdsofprey #birdsofinstagram #birdwatch #nature #wildlifephotography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #nationalbirdcount2018
Ocotillo Sunset... Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) are one of easiest plants to identify in the desert. They are a large shrub with long cane-like unbranched spiny stems that grow from a short trunk. Small 2 inch leaves will grow from the stems when there is enough moisture. Dense clusters of red tubular flowers grow from the end of the stems from March through June. Ocotillo prefer a habitat that is open and very rocky, and where the soil is well drained. Areas such as rocky slopes, mesas, washes and desert grasslands. Ocotillo are common in most areas of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. They are also found in western Texas through to southern California. There is much discussion on exactly how old Ocotillo can live. A good estimate is 60 years although some studies indicate they can live well over 100 years. Ocotillo can reach heights of up to 20 feet. Ocotillo is called many different names including Candlewood, Slimwood, Coachwhip, Vine Cactus, Flaming Sword and Jacob's Staff. The Ocotillo is often use as "fencing" because its spines stop people and animals from passing through. Take a drive through the southern part of Joshua Tree National Park and check out the Ocotillo Patch. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #ocotillo #sunset #sunset_hub #sunsetsniper #sunrise_and_sunsets #desert #sonorandesert #desertlandscape #landscapephotography #nature #naturephotography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #thankfulthursday
Remembering the views of #joshuatree and finding quiet reflection on this #humpday 🙏 #naturelove #Repost @joshuatreenps ・・・ A beautiful shot from our non-profit partner @jtnpa The Joshua Tree National Park Association (JTNPA) has been supporting preservation, scientific research and education at Joshua Tree National Park since 1962! When you support the association, you’re supporting the park too. Check out www.joshuatree.org for more information. [Photo by JTNPA; #alttext a golden and red setting sun peeks through the silhouette of a leaning Joshua tree.] #Jtree #JTNP #JoshuaTreeNationalPark #JTNPA #sunset #breathe #namaste
The Wolf Moon... The "wolf moon" January 1 - New Year's Day - was the first supermoon of the year. Supermoons occur when a full moon coincides with the time the moon is closest to Earth. They don't look all that different from regular full moons, but this one is special because it's one of three happening in a row. A "super blue moon" on January 31 will also coincide with a lunar eclipse. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #wolfmoon #supermoon #fullmoon #desert #desertlandscape #landscapephotography #gradient #nature #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutdoors #supermoon2018 🌕🐺
It feels sooooo good to be starting a #newyear 🙌🏻 May yours be filled with #epic #sunsets and all the #magic of #travel and #adventure 💫 #comevisit #wevegotitall and you can plan your whole #trip from #linkinbio 🌠#repost from @joshuatreenps ・・・ A beautiful shot from our non-profit partner @jtnpa The Joshua Tree National Park Association (JTNPA) has been supporting preservation, scientific research and education at Joshua Tree National Park since 1962! When you support the association, you’re supporting the park too. Check out www.joshuatree.org for more information. [Photo by JTNPA; #alttext a golden and red setting sun peeks through the silhouette of a leaning Joshua tree.] #Jtree #JTNP #JoshuaTreeNationalPark #JTNPA #sunset
“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” We are all geared up for the new year...How about you? We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your follows, likes and comments. We hope your 2018 is filled with exciting National Park adventures! Happy New Year •••• #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #sunset #sunset_hub #sunsets_captures #sunrise_and_sunsets #desert #desertlandscape #desertsunset #landscapephotography #mojavedesert #clouds #cloudscape #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #lastsunset2017 #happynewyear2018
“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never begin.” Begin exploring your parks 2018... #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #nature #natureshots #desert #desertlandscape #mojavedesert #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #newyearsresolution #bringonthenewyear2018
Joshua Tree National Park is at over-capacity this holiday season, with record breaking visitation. Expect long lines at the park entrances, parking lots for most trails will be congested, and ALL campgrounds are completely FULL. If you are seeking a quiet weekend camping, hiking or just want to get out and enjoy nature, you may want to adventure just a bit further. The Mojave National Preserve or Death Valley National Park both have camping availability. If Joshua Tree National Park is a must see, it might be a good plan to use either the north entrance (29 Palms) or the south entrance (Cottonwood ) instead of the west entrance in Joshua Tree. Please help our Park Rangers by following all Park rules. Have a safe holiday weekend. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #sunset #sunset_hub #sunsetsniper #sunrise_and_sunsets #desert #desertlandscape #landscapephotography #nature #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #leavenotrace #optoutdoors #newyearsweekend #protectourparks
Here on the beginning of the long holiday weekend, we would like to take a minute and thank each and every person who has shown us love and the support needed to make this all happen. We are all humbled and grateful for each of and every one of you! Now let’s all go into 2018 head strong! ✌🏼💚🕯 . . . #horizons #sunrays #joshuatreecandleco #joshuatree #friends #desertfriends #candles #smallbatch #homedecor #desertlife #generalstore #jtnpa #jtnp #big2018 #luxury #ohtheplacesyoullgo #desertstateofmind #desertinspired #bohemian #45hr #100hr #soywax #cottonwick #warmth
Wildlife Wednesday...The American Badger a carnivore, makes its home in open grasslands, pastures and fields, from sea level to alpine meadows, where it can find a wide choice of prey: small rodents, reptiles, birds, insects and even scorpions. It especially favors the small rodents – for instance, ground squirrels, rats, mice, gophers and prairie dogs – which it usually captures by digging into the animals' burrows. In hunting, it capitalizes on its excellent ability as a digger, invading burrows to reach prey. In an extraordinary example of "mutualism," or cooperation between different species, the badger may team up (wittingly or unwittingly) with a coyote in pursuit of prey. As the badger digs into a burrow, it may chase out prey, which may dash right into the jaws of a waiting coyote. Conversely, if the coyote gives chase, it may drive the prey back into the burrow, right into the jaws of the waiting badger. The badger hunts one of its favorite prey, the rattlesnake, with impunity because, with the exception of its nose, it seems immune to the serpent's venom. If the badger kills more than it can eat, it will cache the surplus, burying it in the ground. Defending itself from predators such as eagles, bobcats or cougars, the badger – shielded by its thick fur, loose hide and powerful neck muscles – snarls, growls, squeals and hisses. It exudes its foul-smelling musk odor. If actually attacked, it bites and claws ferociously. Given the opportunity, it may quickly dig a burrow, issuing a spray of dirt into the face of its adversary, then turn in the entrance with teeth bared and claws showing. The badger faces few attacks. Badgers are not seen frequently in Joshua Tree National Park. If you see a badger be respectful of their burrows and keep a safe distance, as with all wildlife in the National Park. (Photo NPS/ Hannah Schwalbe) #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #americanbadger #badger #wildlife #wildlifephotography #desertwildlife #mojavedesert #nature #naturephotography #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutdoors #respectwildlife #wildlifewednesday
i don't expect you to follow me here but i'm going; for better or for worse. chapped lips, dusty hands, and a sweaty forehead will be the norm from now on. i don't expect you to like what you find. there may be no burning bush of the likes you were hoping for. its more likely that it'll be more of the same as far as the eye can see. when night comes, come prepared. It's colder than you've ever felt. i don't expect you to walk into the wilderness with me but that's where the truth lies. that's where i'll be. it's not pretty but it'll be a worthy trek. you coming? . . . . #Jtree #JoshuaTreeNationalPark #ExploreResponsibly #JTNP #JTNPA   #beautifuldestinationsaroundworld #storytelling #ipulledoverforthis #travelphotographyguide #superhubs_wow #Jtree #ourplanetearth #dametravelerhotels #europe_focus_on #depthoverdistance #frommers #joshuatree2017 #Joshuatreepark #wildernesspark #joshuatreenp #thevisualgrams #travelbugsworld #travelbound #joshuatreeelopement #nationalparktour #sourcedadventure #welivetogive #igtravelphoto #wildernesslife #Iivetraveling
Now I can begin my countdown to the desert--where my heart lives.⏳ 🌵 #Repost @joshuatreenps ・・・ A beautiful shot from our non-profit partner @jtnpa The Joshua Tree National Park Association (JTNPA) has been supporting preservation, scientific research and education at Joshua Tree National Park since 1962! When you support the association, you’re supporting the park too. Check out www.joshuatree.org for more information. [Photo by JTNPA; #alttext a golden and red setting sun peeks through the silhouette of a leaning Joshua tree.] #Jtree #JTNP #JoshuaTreeNationalPark #JTNPA #sunset
A beautiful shot from our non-profit partner @jtnpa The Joshua Tree National Park Association (JTNPA) has been supporting preservation, scientific research and education at Joshua Tree National Park since 1962! When you support the association, you’re supporting the park too. Check out www.joshuatree.org for more information. [Photo by JTNPA; #alttext a golden and red setting sun peeks through the silhouette of a leaning Joshua tree.] #Jtree #JTNP #JoshuaTreeNationalPark #JTNPA #sunset
#Repost @jtnpa (@get_repost ) ・・・ Wildlife Wednesday... The Gray Fox is the only member of the dog family that can climb trees, usually to seek refuge or in search of roosting birds. It can reach a speed of 28 mph for short distances and has lived for up to 10 years in captivity; longevity in the wild is probably much shorter. The Gray Fox is smaller in size than the Coyote -- usually 32 to 45 inches long, and weighs 7 to 11 pounds. Its coloration is grizzled gray on top, with a white throat extending underneath; it is rusty-red along the sides. The tail usually has a black mane along the top, with a dark-gray or black tip. Gray Foxes have elongated muzzles and forward-pointing ears. Although primarily nocturnal, The Gray Fox may sometimes be seen foraging during the day, seeking primarily small mammals, but being an omnivore, it will also eat eggs, insects, birds, fruits, acorns and berries. Keep a safe distance from wildlife, a minimum of 100 yards. Remember this is their home, keep wildlife wild. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #grayfox #desertgrayfox #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutdoors #respectwildlife #keepwildlifewild #wildlifewednesday #reynardthefox333
Here come the cold and the dark... The winter solstice — marking the longest night and fewest hours of daylight of the year. The winter solstice is the precise moment at which the Northern Hemisphere is tilted farthest from the sun. The solstice occurs at the same instant everywhere on Earth. In the United States, it happens at 11:28 a.m. ET Thursday (10:28 a.m. CT, 9:28 a.m. MT, 8:28 a.m. PT). No snow in Joshua Tree National Park, however, reaching freezing temps at night with some winds expected. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #desert #mojavedesert #landscape #landscapephotography #snow #snowinthedesert #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutdoors #wintersolstice2017 #letitsnow #nosnowtoday ❄️
Wildlife Wednesday... The Gray Fox is the only member of the dog family that can climb trees, usually to seek refuge or in search of roosting birds. It can reach a speed of 28 mph for short distances and has lived for up to 10 years in captivity; longevity in the wild is probably much shorter. The Gray Fox is smaller in size than the Coyote -- usually 32 to 45 inches long, and weighs 7 to 11 pounds. Its coloration is grizzled gray on top, with a white throat extending underneath; it is rusty-red along the sides. The tail usually has a black mane along the top, with a dark-gray or black tip. Gray Foxes have elongated muzzles and forward-pointing ears. Although primarily nocturnal, The Gray Fox may sometimes be seen foraging during the day, seeking primarily small mammals, but being an omnivore, it will also eat eggs, insects, birds, fruits, acorns and berries. Keep a safe distance from wildlife, a minimum of 100 yards. Remember this is their home, keep wildlife wild. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #grayfox #desertgrayfox #wildlife #desertwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutdoors #respectwildlife #keepwildlifewild #wildlifewednesday
Tuesday Thoughts... “In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, or bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #joshuatrees #desert #desertlandscape #landscapephotography #nature #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutdoors #tuesdaythoughts #alicewalker
Give the Gift That Keeps Giving ~ Become a Member: Join the Joshua Tree National Park Association and you’ll support park programs and projects while enjoying some great benefits. Our members are a committed group of supporters whose contributions each year help the park fulfill its educational, interpretive, and research plans. As a member you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting youth programs, scientific research and the park’s historical collections, and you will assist in the preservation of our fragile desert environment for generations to come. Your membership supports: • Four Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center bookstores, offering the most extensive collection of in-depth information about Joshua Tree available to park visitors • The Desert Institute, our weekend field study program for adult and family learners • Environmental education materials for over 22,000 students each year • Park Ranger training • Grants for scientific research • The Minerva Hoyt California Desert Conservation Award, which recognizes achievements that have led to a significant and lasting contribution on behalf of the deserts of California. • Publishing books and other media specific to Joshua Tree National Park • The park’s library and museum, available to academic researchers and any interested community scholars • Financial aid to Joshua Tree National Park for priority projects and programs. As the park’s primary non-profit partner, our mission is to assist with natural and cultural resource preservation and educational activities of Joshua Tree National Park. We would like to thank all our members who help make this mission possible. Happy Holidays. For info on becoming a member go to the link in our bio, click on join or call 760-367-5535. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #landscape #desertlandscape #landscapephotography #desert #mojavedesert #findyourpark #supportyourparks #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #mojavemagic #becomeamembertoday
Wildlife Wednesday... The Red-Tailed Hawk is a big bird, with a body that can reach just over two feet long and a wingspan of over four feet. An adult hawk weighs between one and a half pounds and a little more than three pounds. Hawks belong to a group of birds called raptors. Other raptors include eagles, owls, falcons, and vultures. The Red-tailed hawk is a top predator. Red-tailed hawks use tall perches such as telephone poles or trees to spot their prey. They also hunt from the air. As they circle and soar, they can spot a mouse from 100 feet up in the air—about ten stories high. When a Red-tailed hawk spots a rodent, rabbit, lizard, or other prey scurrying through roadside grasses or in a field, it swoops down and grabs its meal in its talons. Once the hawk grabs its prey, it usually flies back up to its perch to eat it. The red-tailed hawk has a strong beak, built to tear its food into pieces to swallow whole. Because their eyes are so big, the hawks cannot move them inside their sockets, and have to move their heads to see in different directions. Red-tailed hawks are important members of the ecosystems where they live. They help control populations of small mammals such as rabbits, as well as help farmers by keeping down the numbers of mice, moles, and other rodents that eat their crops. The oldest known wild Red-tailed hawk lived to be 21 years old. The oldest captive Red-tailed hawk lived to be 29 years old. On family drives keep a lookout for the Red-Tailed Hawk perched on tall telephone poles along the highways. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #redtailedhawk #birdsofprey #raptors #birdsinflight #birdsofinstagram #birdphotography #featherperfection #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutdoors #wildlifewednesday .
Supermoon this weekend... ✨🌕✨ Repost @jtnpa (@get_repost ) ・・・ Full Cold Moon... This year’s supermoon is also called the Full Cold Moon. This is because it is the first full moon of December, a sign that winter is here. This weekend offers the first and only supermoon of the year. It should shine 16 percent brighter and 7 percent larger than normal. The Supermoon on November 14, 2016, was the closest since January 26, 1948. The next time a Full Moon will come even closer to Earth is on November 25, 2034. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #fullmoon #supermoon #supermoon2017 #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutdoors #decemberfullcoldmoon
Hello December... The existence and song of the Cactus Wren is prominent and typical of the southwestern deserts. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #cactuswren #birds #desertbirds #birdsofinstagram #mojavedesert #ocotillo #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutdoors #firstdayofdecember ❄️
Wildlife Wednesday... A raptor of the West’s wide-open spaces, Prairie Falcons glide above shrubby deserts and grasslands searching for ground squirrels and other small mammals and birds. In flight, look for the dark triangle of “armpit” feathers that distinguish it from other light-colored falcons. The Prairie Falcon sometimes bathes in river shallows, but dust-bathing is probably more common than water-bathing, because of the general scarcity of standing water in its habitat. Prairie Falcons are among the species of birds that seem to play—they've been seen dropping dried cow manure in midair and then diving to catch it. Like young ball players flipping a baseball to themselves, this may be a way to sharpen their coordination skills. The Prairie Falcon’s cruising speed is estimated at 45 mph and it accelerates in the chase. Prairie Falcons can dive at speeds up to 120 mph. Prairie Falcon pairs are notoriously aggressive in defending their nest sites—against Great Horned Owls, eagles, hawks, and even other Prairie Falcons, sometimes killing fledglings that stray into the wrong territory. Nearly 75% of the young Prairie Falcons die during their first year due to heat, predators and other natural causes. The oldest known Prairie Falcon was at least 17 years, 3 months old based on banding data. It was banded in Alberta in 1975, and killed by another raptor in Montana in 1992. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #prariefalcon #falcon #birdsofprey #raptors #birdsinflight #wildlife #respectwildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #natureshots #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutdoors #wildlifewednesday
Geology & Cultural History Of Cottonwood Spring... Stretch your legs and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Cottonwood Mountains. Join the Desert Institute and Ted Reeves in this all-day field class. Reeves will discuss the rocks and minerals of Cottonwood Mountains and tell stories of the people who eked out a living in the Cottonwood Spring area during the late 1800s. Participants will walk six miles through the rolling hills of the Colorado Desert to see mills, mines, and more. Along the trail, Reeves will share the history of the cowboys, miners, and teamsters who depended on Cottonwood Spring for their livelihood. The route will follow a portion of a prominent freight road built in the 1880s. Attendees will learn what is known about the road’s creation and use. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how geology is connected to cultural history at Cottonwood Spring. (Photo NPS/ Hannah Schwalbe) Sunday, December 3, 2017. For more info go to joshuatree.org or call 760-367-5535. #jtnpa #desertinstitute #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #geology #culturalhistory #cottowoodsprings #hiking #hikingjtnp #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutdoors
Warm and cozy desert magic wrapped up in this one by local friend and super talented photographer @staticdirt . . . Check out his work! #joshuatree #29palms #joshuatreecandlecompany #photography #candles #homedecor #artisan #desertmagic #fall #desertstateofmind #desertlife #warmandcozy #mojavedesert #jtnpa #legacyproject #desertfriends #jtcampfire
Wildlife Wednesday...Desert Horned Lizard ( Phrynosoma platyrhinos) In most species, the back of the head and temples are crowned with a prominent row of sharp, pointed horns. The tail and sides are fringed with sharp spines. On some species the sides are adorned with a double fringe of spines. On the back, there are rows of short conical spines. Unlike several other horned lizard species, desert horned lizards are unable to squirt blood from their eyes. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #deserthornedlizard #hornedlizard #lizard #wildlife #desertwildlife #keepwildlifewild #respectwildlife #nature #natureshots #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #optoutside #thankful #swipeleft
Belle Campground... All campgrounds are full and will remain full through the busy holiday weekend. Visit one of our four visitor centers for information on overflow camping options. Sunsets continue to be amazing, you can still drive into Joshua Tree National Park to hike or just sit and enjoy a magical desert sunset. #jtnpa #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatreenps #nationalparks #sunset #sunsetsniper #sunset_hub #sunrise_and_sunsets #cloudscape #cloudporn #desertlandscapes #landscapephotography #mojavedesert #mojavemagic #findyourpark #exploreresponsibly #leavenotrace #thankful
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