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7 beautiful photos that show Joshua Tree in all its glory

Photojournalist Allen J. Schaben made a short overnight trip to Joshua Tree to shoot photos for this story, “What You Need to Know Before Traveling to Yosemite and Other National Parks in 2022.”

Schaben came back with beautiful photos of the park, one of which was featured on the cover of Saturday’s issue. Here we’ve compiled a selection of photos from that trip as well as others taken during his 28-year career at The Times. He says the park is “one of the most magical places to photograph on the West Coast.” Schaben looks back and gives us insight into his process.

I always jump at the opportunity to visit Joshua Tree, whether on assignment or with family and friends. My main goal is always to shoot when the light is magical. I love roaming around on foot or on my motorbike to find a vantage point to capture them amidst the dramatic landscape and sky, mainly during the golden hour. Joshua Tree is one of the most magical places on the West Coast to photograph, explore, relax and enjoy nature’s blessings.

It offers the soul a place to exhale, relax, meditate, pray and be alone with your thoughts. It’s the sounds of your boots trudging through the sand and over the rocks, birds singing, wind blowing, coyotes howling and campers enjoying the moment that create the trip’s soundtrack. Joshua trees themselves are quite magical, mysterious, and picturesque, with arm-like branches stretching across the boulder-strewn landscape.

I love camping in my RV and sometimes camping to soak up as much of the desert experience as possible. When night falls, a new kind of scenic beauty begins. Because there is little light pollution, the night sky show is immersive, thought-provoking and makes you feel so small looking at all the stars in the sky. It’s always fun, cold and a challenge to capture with a thermos of hot chocolate, flashlight, tripod and long exposure.

I never have enough time to see everything, so I have to keep those memories burning forever until I can return and see what else I can discover in this scenic and special desert oasis.

Pink clouds over the rocks at sunset in Joshua Tree National Park.

A view of the sky and landscape at sunset in Joshua Tree National Park on Wednesday January 26, 2022.

(Allen J. Cockroaches / Los Angeles Times)

A Joshua Tree silhouetted against the sky at sunset.

A Joshua Tree silhouetted against the sky at sunset in Joshua Tree National Park.

(Allen J. Cockroaches / Los Angeles Times)

A bright orange and red sunset over hikers on rocks.

Hikers enjoy a spectacular sunset on the cliffs in Joshua Tree National Park.

(Allen J. Cockroaches / Los Angeles Times)

A lighted RV and night sky in Joshua Tree National Park.

A mobile home and night sky in Joshua Tree National Park on Wednesday January 26, 2022.

(Allen J. Cockroaches / Los Angeles Times)

Stars in the night sky over Joshua Tree National Park.

A Joshua Tree and the night sky in Joshua Tree National Park on Wednesday January 26, 2022.

(Allen J. Cockroaches / Los Angeles Times)

A view of the Milky Way arching over Joshua Tree.

Joshua Tree National Park won the coveted International Dark Skies Park designation for the park in 2017. The certification of the non-profit International Dark Sky Assn. made Joshua Tree the 10th International Dark Sky Park in the US National Parks system.

(Allen J. Cockroaches / Los Angeles Times)

Clouds surround the super flower moon rising over rocks and joshua trees.

Clouds surround the Super Flower Moon, rising over rocks and Joshua Trees on its way to the full eclipse and blood moon phase on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 in Joshua Tree National Park.

(Allen J. Cockroaches / Los Angeles Times)

https://www.latimes.com/travel/story/2022-03-11/photos-joshua-tree-national-park-is-just-go-explore-for-yourself 7 beautiful photos that show Joshua Tree in all its glory

Russell Falcon

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