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August 23rd, 2005

Pics: Joshua Tree National Park @ 01:31 am

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For the past week, I was out of town visiting Southern California on a tour of the baseball parks in the A-level California League, part of minor league baseball. In between going from place to place, I visited Joshua Tree National Park. In part due to the fact I have so many baseball pictures to go through, also in part due to me just wanting to get these up first, I started out by editing the shots I took there.

Wow, what a beautiful place this is, and what you see is only from about two hours worth of time spent inside. I hadn't even planned on going there when I began my trip, but I'd been thinking about it as a possibility if there was a chance to get out there. I'm very glad I did, but I'm going to have to go back again when I have more time to spend there.

You can bet I was listening to U2's The Joshua Tree during part of this. Actually, it was the so-called "real" version with the extra b-sides and such that I compiled a few months ago.

Anyway, please do check these out. There are 60 pics and there's not a single one I dislike in any real way. I intentionally made the color stand out even more than I normally would and I really like that result. I could do an entire portfolio of just stuff taken there.

I'm even in one of the pics, something I don't just do without a good reason. That's the beauty of the self-timer.

Joshua Tree National Park
 
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From:dirty_spin
Date:August 23rd, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
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beautiful picutres!!!

too bad that the "real" joshua tree died some years ago
http://www.joshuatreenationalpark.net/u2tree.htm
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From:flashfire
Date:August 23rd, 2005 09:15 am (UTC)
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Thanks. I'm very, very happy with them.

I did know the one shown in the album had fallen, yeah. When I told the park ranger at the entrance that I bet a lot of U2 fans came here, she mentioned (which I knew) that the tree itself wasn't actually photographed within the Park because such things aren't allowed for commercial purposes without proper permits and permission.

The area the trees grow in is very wide. They can be seen around Barstow, the Victorville area, even Lancaster.
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From:impossible87
Date:August 23rd, 2005 09:13 am (UTC)
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My U2-loving friend went out to the US last week and is going to the very same place, she sounded incredibly excited about it! I told her to bring me back a bit of twig or something from the site ^_^
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From:flashfire
Date:August 23rd, 2005 09:17 am (UTC)
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I'm sure you're going to hear a lot about it from her when she gets back. :-)

If you have any way of reaching her before she goes, tell her to take the same route I did - the upper loop road. When I was there a few days ago, the southern entrance and that road in was closed due to weather-related damages.
From:striped_bouncer
Date:August 23rd, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC)
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Wow! Very impressive pictures.
This is certainly one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Especially that incredible blue of the water... *sigh* You're a lucky one to have been there :-)
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From:flashfire
Date:August 23rd, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. A lot of the pictures pretty much took themselves once I saw what I wanted to shoot.

It's a magical place.
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From:rooms_on_fire
Date:August 23rd, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
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I've been out west and seen Joshua Trees but never made it into the park.
Thanks for the pictures.
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From:flashfire
Date:August 23rd, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. If you get a chance, I'd say it's worth a visit.
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From:stateless
Date:August 23rd, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
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ah, great pics. especially like the one of the sun behind the branch. i love the desert so much. i've got a few pics up here that i took there in november. :-)
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From:flashfire
Date:August 23rd, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. Checked yours out and it defintely looks like you were dealing with some tougher sun positions than I was.
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From:stateless
Date:August 23rd, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
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unconventionally, i like catching the sun in the lens. ;-)
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From:flashfire
Date:August 23rd, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Ah! That's not a style I go for, obviously. ;-) It tends to darken everything else too much.
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From:stateless
Date:August 23rd, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
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i'm weird. ;-P
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From:flashfire
Date:August 23rd, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
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Nothing wrong with that!

As a photographer, I know you have to shoot things the way you prefer them.

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