WPC: It’s Out of This World!

Sooner or later, everybody dreams of other worlds.” ― J. Aleksandr Wootton, Her Unwelcome Inheritance

On our road trip last month, we visited a strange and magical land with mammoth boulders, tossed haphazardly here and there or collected into towering piles as if they were the toys of giants.  Visitors clambering up these rocks looked as small as Lilliputians.

Man On a Rock. Joshua Tree, CA. Shot with a Fuji XT2.

“There are many worlds, and one.”
― Max Gladstone, Full Fathom Five

The wide open sky and intense light dominate this land.  It is a humbling experience, reminding me that forces beyond my understanding govern this universe.

Out of this World. Joshua Tree, CA. Shot with a Fuji XT2

“There’s so many different worlds, so many different suns. And we have just one world, but we live in different ones.” ― Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms

The wild and wonderful landscape is dotted with unique Joshua trees, bending and stretching crookedly towards the sky.

The Joshua Landscape. Shot with a Fuji XT2.

I am left with the thought–This land is ancient; it must be respected.   I am the newcomer.

Joshua Tree National Park is located at the intersection of two American deserts–the Mojave and the Colorado.  Extending over 800,000 acres, the park encompasses a wide range of ecosystems and reaches elevations ranging from 900 feet to over 5,000 feet above sea level.   It is a visually stunning place, with otherworldly sights–a logical choice for this week’s Out of this World photo challenge.

Have an inspiring week–wherever you are–on this wild and wonderful planet!

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  1. Beautiful photos! We drive past there all the time as we travel between AZ and CA. At Chiriaco Summit, which is near the 10 right at the park there are so often complete or partial but awful traffic jams :/. The way you captured those rocks is gorgeous. I have a hard time thinking that area of the country is beautiful, but I understand what you are saying about it. It’s akin to the relentless sun and sparse terrain of Arizona (which is where I live). Not like my home of Michigan hahaha.

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    • So glad you enjoyed these shots! I went out to shoot with a professional photographer who showed me more spots to photograph. I will post them in the next few months. There is so much beauty in this part of the country.


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