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Old Jan 13, 2012, 11:18 PM   #1
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I noticed that Walter's pictures from Joshua Tree National Park were of cholla cactus, not of joshua trees. So I thought I should add one.

This picture, taken in 2008, wasn't taken in the park, it was taken at the Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park, in the Antelope Valley near the California Poppy Reserve and Lancaster, CA. It's a relatively small state park, no entry fee and day-use only (I think). It has a lot of Joshua Trees, and I enjoyed wandering around it one morning, taking pictures.

The Joshua Tree is native to California and considered one of the indicator species for the Mojave Desert. I've found it difficult to take a really good picture of one without resorting to a silhouette for some reason.



I find them fascinating and think them odd, even though they've been part of my general surroundings most of my life.
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Very nice silhouette shot. And I agree they are very odd plants. You almost expect them to get up and start walking!
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Mtngal,
Its funny but yours is the fist silhoutte of the Joshua tree that I can recall seeing. Well done! The almost gradient texture of the backdrop really adds a bit of zing.
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Yes, well done!
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Old Jan 16, 2012, 1:17 PM   #5
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A very nice shot indeed. The distinctive shape of the Joshua Tree makes it standout well in silhouette. Here is another Joshua Tree silhouette taken in Joshua Tree N.P. A two-hour exposure was used to get the star trails. This was done using Kodachrome 64 and didn't require multiple 30-sec stacked exposures!
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That star-trail/joshua tree picture is really outstanding. I keep saying I'm going to try shooting star-trails, but haven't quite done it yet. Maybe one of these days...
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