Friday, April 2, 2010

Joshua Trees in Bloom

More from our camping trip:  Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) in various stages of bloom. They are quite beautiful up close; so dense and fleshy compared to the dry, spiky nature of the tree itself.

the well-protected bud

(photo by Chris Ervin)

the full bloom

"One time I saw a tiny Joshua tree sapling growing not too far from the old tree. I wanted to dig it up and replant it near our house. I told Mom that I would protect it from the wind and water it every day so that it could grow nice and tall and straight. Mom frowned at me. 'You'd be destroying what makes it special,' she said. 'It's the Joshua tree's struggle that gives it its beauty.'"

~ Jeannette Walls (The Glass Castle)


  1. wow. Camping. Blooms. It was 6 degrees here this morning with 4" new snow on the ground. My sister and her husband from Lagrande Oregon spend a great deal of time in Death Valley area camping out and were just there several weeks ago. I have never made it there myself nor as far east as you are talking about but find the Sonoran desert and Organ Pipe areas pretty intriguing.
    Great photos Leslie.

  2. Thanks, Gary. Brr. No camping in that weather! I have always wanted to see Eastern Oregon (went to college in Portland). Some day we'll have to travel up that way.


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