Joshua Tree National Park

Photographs from stark and beautiful Joshua Tree National Park

Desert Pinnacle Impression (2010)
Desert Pinacle Impression (2010)
We pulled our vehicles into a makeshift parking area off the dirt road and got out. Our guide pointed across the expansive valley to a distant outcrop of granite, jutting up from the valley floor. It didn’t look particularly imposing. “That’s ‘Spatula Rock’,” he told us. We began the trek across open desert and 40 minutes later arrived at a massive outcrop of granite topped by a single pinnacle that soared over our heads, shredding the fleecy clouds in the sky above. There was just enough time to circumnavigate the outcrop and scout the location that spoke most strongly to me. And this is it, a mighty castle in the sky, glowing gold in the setting sun.