JOSHUA TREE. There was a time when people believed the desert was a barren and useless wasteland. When I took this photo this area was known as East Mojave National Scenic Area, California. In 1994 it was redesignated as the Mojave National Preserve under the protection of the National Park Service.

The Joshua Tree got it's name from the Mormans who thought the tree and branches looked like their spiritual leader with arms raised to the heavens. It grows in an area known as the "high desert" in California, at an elevation between 3,000 - 7,000 feet and lives an average of 150 years.

It is difficult to predict when the Joshua Tree will flower. Here, there are actually 6 branches from this Joshua Tree in full bloom. The tree was low enough to get a good view of the flowers with Clark Mountain in the background. This photograph was shot with a 4x5 view camera with 90mm lens with polarizer on color negative film. The polarizer helped bring out the detail in the clouds and flowers. I scanned the film and used Adobe Photoshop to adjust the final image.

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