First the Stones
Last week my brother-in-law, Tom, ordered one of my favorite Joshua Tree photographs: Two Boulders, Skull Rock Trail. As I was making and framing this print for him and his wife, Marianne, I wondered why I hadn’t featured more of my Joshua Tree photography on my website. After all, I had made a number of visits to this favorite place during the last 20 years and had spent many happy hours exploring the fabulous rock-strewn landscape there.
So, once their edition was packed and shipped off to North Carolina, I began reviewing my archives of Joshua Tree photographs. It was a delightful time spent as many memories came flooding back. I swear I could smell the fragrant desert air of spring. I felt the sun warming my body again as I revisited my archives. At first I looked for more stone photographs. It seems I have a thing for stones and rocks. You see, granite quarries were my playground as a child. I grew up right next to one of the largest extant granite quarries on the shore of Connecticut.
Joshua Tree provides an diverse array of fascinating rock formations. I especially enjoyed photographing these forms when the sun was low on the horizon. Some of the shapes I found amazed me! I’ve selected five favorites to show you. They are arranged in a quintet in the graphic that heads this post. For a real treat, though, follow the individually linked samples back to my website and scroll through to see the enlarged versions of all five.
Joshua Tree Collection is Now Online
But, I didn’t stop at the stones. While rock hunting, I found a number of photographs that explore the unusual flora, as well as some compositions that feature star-splashed skies at Joshua Tree National Park. I’ve gathered the best that I found — thirty images in the new Joshua Tree Collection. There’s a lot to look at, so be sure to scroll through the enlarged images. Check it out!
My dream is to put together a book on my Joshua Tree visits – stones, stars and trees. I’ll keep you posted!