Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Inspiration - Joshua Tree National Park

I visited Joshua Tree National Park again in February.  As always, it's a delightful and beautiful place.  Spending time in the quietness of the desert is profoundly calming.  It's quite humbling as well, when you consider that the rocks and boulders surrounding you were formed, transformed, and exposed over millions of years.

Of course I took normal touristy photos, the likes of which you can see by doing a google image search for "Joshua Tree National Forest," but what I'm going to share with you today are my favorite up-close shots of the textures, colors, and details of my desert vacation.

11 Comments leave a comment

Susan said ...
Thanks for sharing! Great pictures to inspire drawing.
3/4/2014 8:28 AM

lyn lewis said ...
Wow, Natures patterns are inspirational.
But what on earth is number 2 and 11 I think is the same? Fascinating : )

3/4/2014 9:00 AM

futuregirl replied ...
lyn lewis ... It's the "skeleton" of dead cactus. Specificially, dead cholla cactus http://goo.gl/Dk36W4 I was so surprised when I saw the intricate designs.
3/4/2014 11:55 PM

Cara said ...
I love how much the dead cactus resembles your scarf!
(except dead cactus has a few extra yarn overs ;)
3/5/2014 8:02 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Cara ... I guess the cactus just hasn't gotten the hang of knitting yet. ;)
3/22/2014 11:11 AM

Michelle said ...
I am a geologist so I love, love, LOVE all the photos of rocks, and mineral closeups, petrified wood, and what I think might be bone (but not sure). Beautiful memories of Joshua Tree :)
3/5/2014 5:51 PM

These pictures are beautiful... Thanks for sharing!
3/9/2014 4:13 AM

Joshua Tree is a great place! I went there on a camping trip with my high school .. real camping style with sleeping bags on cots. The school still goes every year and hunts for fossils. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful pictures.
3/15/2014 10:43 AM

Angelina said ...
I find the desert profoundly terrifying and uncomfortable BUT it really is incredible. I love the cactus skeleton because it looks like lace. I also have a fondness for lichen and take photos of it myself.
3/17/2014 11:23 AM

Lynda M O said ...
some of my most ephemeral and everlasting inspiration comes from the desert. After three decades of tropical humidity (read 100% all the time) I was unprepared for single digit dampness but the landscape and the fauna drew me in so deeply...
4/22/2014 10:29 AM
futuregirl replied ...
Lynda M O ... The desert is definitely magical. I spent a couple days in Miami and felt like I was back in the womb breathing hot amniotic fluid.
4/25/2014 9:36 PM


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