Joshua trees and granite boulders characterize the windy high Mojave Desert, while at the Colorado Desert’s lower elevations, cactus and native California palm trees thrive among sandy washes occasionally flooded by unpredictable torrents. I was not sure if I inadvertently brushed against a cholla cactus, or if the piece jumped at me while I was looking for a good viewpoint in Joshua Tree National Park during the predawn darkness, but the result was that I couldn’t dislodge it with my bare hand for fear of getting my fingers stuck as well. A beautiful sunrise below the clouds kept me in the Cholla Cactus Garden, with a cactus clenching onto my behind, until the light was well over. I then strolled back to the car to tease the spiny thing out with pliers. #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatree #nationalpark #california

Did you guess correctly that I would post this image? Here is how you could have figured it out with a 50% chance. The series of the six previous images were the California national parks by date of designation, and the particular photos were the main images (full-page chapter openers) for their respective sections in the Treasured Lands book (see profile link for info). This is why there were two possible answers, since the next national parks were Death Valley and Joshua Tree, both designated the same day as part of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994. 
Image part of the exhibit

Joshua trees and granite boulders characterize the windy high Mojave Desert, while at the Colorado Desert’s lower elevations, cactus and native California palm trees thrive among sandy washes occasionally flooded by unpredictable torrents. I was not sure if I inadvertently brushed against a cholla cactus, or if the piece jumped at me while I was looking for a good viewpoint in Joshua Tree National Park during the predawn darkness, but the result was that I couldn’t dislodge it with my bare hand for fear of getting my fingers stuck as well. A beautiful sunrise below the clouds kept me in the Cholla Cactus Garden, with a cactus clenching onto my behind, until the light was well over. I then strolled back to the car to tease the spiny thing out with pliers. #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatree #nationalpark #california Did you guess correctly that I would post this image? Here is how you could have figured it out with a 50% chance. The series of the six previous images were the California national parks by date of designation, and the particular photos were the main images (full-page chapter openers) for their respective sections in the Treasured Lands book (see profile link for info). This is why there were two possible answers, since the next national parks were Death Valley and Joshua Tree, both designated the same day as part of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994. Image part of the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League which opens tonight at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers

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