Monday, February 03, 2014
The Joshua Tree
Joshua Trees @ Sunset, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
The Joshua Tree, Yucca Brevifolia, grows wild primarily in the Mojave Desert. The Joshua Tree is the largest of the yucca family, and like all other members of the yucca family, is part of the lily family. Joshua Tree is native to Southwestern United States, in the States of California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. It is confined mostly to the Mojave Desert between 1300 ft and 5900 ft in elevation. The Joshua Tree National Park is named for the Joshua Tree forests native to the Park. The legend is that the Joshua Tree is named after the prophet Joshua by the mormon migrants because of how the limbs of this monocot tree is outstretched in supplication like in a prayer.
Can You Find Me Here? Hands Raised like the Joshua Trees
**I had to jump high to be seen :) **
Years ago, when ranchers and miners arrived in the area with high hopes of raising cattle and digging gold,
Barker Dam @ Joshua Tree National Park
( built by ranchers in a natural rock catch basin to store water for cattle)
they used the Joshua tree limbs and trunks for fencing and corrals. Native Americans used the tough leaves for baskets and sandals. The raw or roasted flower buds and seeds of Joshua tree were part of a healthy diet.
Rock Climbing @ Joshua Tree National Park
Today, the Joshua Tree National Park not only protect these grotesque trees but also 501 archaeological sites, 88 historic structures, 19 cultural landscapes and houses 123, 253 items in its museum collection.
And, being a U2 fan, I also own a Joshua Tree album, which was named also after these trees. There is so much diversity at Joshua Tree National Park, I hope to be able to share some more other features that this National Park offers in my later posts.