This scenic highway is CA-62 which we took from Vidal Junction to Twentynine Palms to visit Joshua Tree National Park.
These Prickly Pear Cactus blossoms were taken last weekend at the Joshua Tree National Park (I’m slow to post, we’ve had some Internet issues). These are in blossom all over town as well and I can’t get enough pictures. Since these were the first ones I saw this season, I am posting them. Besides, I love the background in the top photo.
Joshua Tree National Park in California in bloom. We visited on March 24, 2013. This is something that I’ve always wanted to see! When I had read in DesertUSA that the trees were in bloom, I suggested we take a drive… it is only 90 miles west of here.
Joshua Tree National Park consists of two deserts, the Colorado (a.k.a. Sonoran Desert) and the Mohave Desert. Each supports different plant life, although as you’d expect some plants, such as the Mohave Yucca, exists in both deserts. The Joshua Tree is uniquely a Mohave Desert species.
If you ask Carl, the hardest part about traveling with me is that I want to stop and take pictures in the most inconvenient places… he thinks I’m trying to get us killed. It is true but most times I accept that we can’t stop and I try not to be too sulky about it. But when I saw these beauties I couldn’t help myself ! Red cactus blossoms are not that common.