Life & Death In Joshua Tree National Park

Ronald Hannah

Big Bear Lake, United States

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Featured by Artists Universe 13th December, 2011

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The Rock Climber in the upper left of this photo is risking Death if he / she isn’t constantly focused on the task at hand. The Joshua Tree forest is living comfortably on the floor of the desert, whereas the lone tree that stands in between the two large rock piles (seemingly atop a pile of rocks, itself) appears to be dead.

Life and death are the main business of the Desert. It takes no time at all to get disoriented in the middle of nowhere, and a seemingly short stroll can quickly become a matter of survival. Joshua Tree National Park has miles of Back Country, as well as nooks and crannies and even outright caves within the countless Rock Piles scattered throughout the Park that some hapless, unprepared creature could get lost in and not found for a long time. It happens every year.

On the other hand, the Life in the desert is plentiful! Wildlife like coyotes, various reptilian life-forms and birds abound! The plant-life consists of much more than the dominant plant, the Joshua Tree. There are many other trees, lots of scrub chapparal, and loads of wildflowers in the Spring!

Life and Death. The Eternal cycle.

Joshua Tree National Park, Southern California, USA

Nikon D60
55mm
converted to B&W
cropped a little
processed a little

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