Photo tour: Joshua trees

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Throughout the Mojave Desert in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona, these twisted trees form odd silhouettes against the rocky landscape.

Throughout the Mojave Desert in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona, twisted trees form odd silhouettes against the rocky landscape. Mormon settlers named them Joshua trees as a reference to the biblical Joshua, as the tree’s limbs reminded them of Joshua as he raised his arms to the sky in prayer.

Smooth, long trunks and green, spiked tops almost make Joshua trees look like the palm tree’s fuzzy cousin. You can take a look for yourself at Southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park — get a sneak peek with this photo tour of Joshua trees.

(Image: Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
(Image: Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
(Image: Mr Phil Price used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
(Image: Mr Phil Price used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
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(Image: Jim Staley)
(Image: Jim Staley)
(Image: brewbooks used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
(Image: brewbooks used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
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(Image: daveynin)
(Image: Rennett Stowe)
(Image: Rennett Stowe)
(Image: Rennett Stowe)
(Image: Rennett Stowe)
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(Image: daveynin)
(Image: daveynin)
(Image: daveynin)

(Main image: jen robinson)

Photo tour: Joshua trees was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.