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March 30, 2011

Death Valley to Joshua Tree National Park

Heading down the road in Joshua Tree National Park (super color IR photo)

Departing Death Valley National Park we headed south over Jubilee Pass to the small village of Shoshone.  A right turn and we were on our way to Baker, again.  It seems that Baker is always on the way.

Desert tortoise

Maybe it’s the World’s Tallest Thermometer that keeps us coming back to Baker.  Or maybe it’s the Mad Greek.  We stopped, as we usually do, at the Mad Greek for lunch.   It’s not that the Mad Greek is that good.  It is more that it is different.  On the road, different food definitely is a good thing.  No matter the reason, life took us to Baker again.

From Baker we drove the back roads to Twenty Nine Palms.  The first leg on Kelbaker Road took us past the small town of Kelso.  Kelso has a nicely restored Union Pacific Railroad Depot.  A right on historic Route 66 and a left near the volcanic Amboy Crater put us on the way to Twenty Nine Palms near Joshua Tree National Park.  As usual, the back roads always have their little surprises.

A Joshua tree viewed in the IR.

We spent three nights in Twenty Nine Palms.  Our days were spent in the popular Joshua Tree National Park exploring the rock formations and the bizarre flora of the area.  Though Joshua Tree National Park is about the size of the state of Rhode Island, it is easy enough to explore.  With a camera newly converted to take pictures in the IR light spectrum, Joshua Tree National Park and its namesake trees are an amazing subject.  The downside is that you might not want to look here to see what it looks like to your own eyes.  You may just have to visit on your own to do that.

[I do have a few more “normal” pictures that I’ve posted to Picasa.  And if you want to see more in the IR, check the next post.]



  1. I’m a little split on the color IR photos, but I love the third one on this post. Well done!

    Comment by Scott — March 30, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

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