Amazing Nature – Desert – Joshua Trees

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Joshua Tree, outside Las Vegas (NV.)

Joshua trees are fascinating to look at, standing tall in the middle of the desert landscape. It looks like they are reaching up towards the sky. In fact they were named by mormon settlers, that crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The trees unique shape reminded them of a story in the Bible, where Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in a prayer.

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Joshua trees in a desert landscape, along State Route 160, in southern Nevada.

These hardy little trees that grows in southern Nevada, southern California, and Arizona  are actually very sensitive to our current climate changes. Scientists believe that their numbers could be reduced by 90% by the end of this century. Which would have a huge impact on the ecosystem, probably more than we can understand today.

Joshua trees aren’t actually trees, they are succulents, a type of plant that stores water. In their dry ecosystems, however, they are considered trees of the desert. They have a complex root system that consists of deep and shallow root. Their deep roots can reach a depth of 10-30 feet (!) and collect water that no other plant can use. Pretty cool, don’t you think?

Joshua trees have been used for wood, and building materials for centuries. I think just looking at them is a treat. The way they reach up towards the sky is such a positive, hope giving gesture. Like they are giving thanks. I think they are  among the most interesting, fascinating plants in the desert. What do you think? Have you ever seen a Joshua tree? How do they make you feel?

It was cloudy yesterday when I took these pictures, and the light was kind of flat. It was a lot of fun experimenting with my new camera anyways, and enjoying nature at the same time. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!



Ms Zen

28 Comments on “Amazing Nature – Desert – Joshua Trees

  1. I’ve never seen a Joshua tree in person, but they certainly are iconic to the dry Southwest. A far different environment to NorCal. How are you adjusting?

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    • They are special. Well, I’ve lived in Nevada before, even though it was further north, I love the desert. Right here in las Vegas it’s a little too hot, and too many people for my taste, but the desert is wonderful. I don’t have to go very far to enjoy mountains, which is amazing. My daughter asked me today why we don’t go on adventures and said that she wanted to hike to a waterfall. I’m going to have to do some research.

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  2. I never new Joshua trees got their name from Thee Joshua! They do look like hands praying to the sky! I love how you can take these succulents in the desert and use their life-giving water for the theme of Sunday Stills, you clever girl! Plus I learned something!

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  3. I never knew that’s how Joshua trees got their name! So interesting, I hope we don’t lose all these beautiful trees! ❤️ The desert is a fascinating place and has its own beauty. I love your photos! 😀 🌵

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