Joshua Tree, California (I)

SEPTEMBER 2003 – A Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) stands in the barren steppe of the Joshua Tree National Park in California, USA. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The National Parks of the United States are fantastic places. Each park is well maintained and unique in its appearance. The park’s administration supports you as a visitor with well-crafted leaflets, descriptive signs and information centers.

At the Joshua Tree National Park in California everything is centered around the Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) which is a typical plant for this area. It has adapted to the desert-like conditions and is an important part of the ecosystem as it provides food, shelter and shadow for the animals of the park.

The park sees little traffic from tourists (compared to large parks like Yosemite) but offers tranquility and many short, yet attractive routes for climbers.

This photo follows once more the theme of ‘The Single Tree’ that I have been exploring since my photographic beginnings. I love the harsh constrasts and saturated blue color (which has been emphasized by the use of a polarized filter.) Awesome.

The high resolution image

Capture Date10-SEP-2003
LocationJoshua Tree National Park, CA
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 28mm f/2.8
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3816 x 2422 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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