Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Snow in Joshua Tree!

While many of my blogger friends are probably tired of snow, it's something that is rare and celebrated when it happens in the S. CA deserts. In the years we've been coming out to the Joshua Tree area, I've never had the chance to hike in the park after a snow, so this afternoon was a real treat!
It wasn't a big snow... just a couple inches. Temps were in the '20s and windy, so very cold, with some additional snow flurries during my hike. According to the weather report, tonight was the coldest night of the year in S. CA!!
I came across this snow cave with big icicles hanging down during my hike.

The photo above was taken by moonlight (10 second exposure).  I like the deep blue night sky!
I thought you might enjoy a comparison shot:  The old truck in my header photo (taken during the summer) and the same truck taken today after the snow.
Wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2015!

51 comments:

  1. How lovely for you to see snow in Joshua Tree. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  2. Wow!!Soo great!!!Love it:)))))Wonderful just wonderful!

    Wish you a happy 2015

    Looking forward to see more from you:)

    Anita

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  3. Looks very nice and it stands for water in the dessert. Indeed a sight not to forget.

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  4. Snow in the desert...amazing! The pictures are so beautiful, as always.Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  5. Beautiful scenes and photos... It is odd to see snow in the desert.. Wishing you and your family a happy & healthy New Year!

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  6. I SAW all the snow up your way! We drove up Highway 74, up past Vista Point, to see the snow. Our kids and granddaughter came with us because they wanted her to experience the snow. Needless to say, she didn't like it! (21 months old...) She just wanted MAMA! :-)
    Cheryl Ann

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  7. Outstanding photos. We never got snow in the 8 years we lived down there in the desert - twice we got heavy rainstorms - which are magical also - but no snow. These photos are absolutely amazing - love the truck comparison photos. I'm so glad you got to hike after the snow.

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  8. Happy New Year to you.
    When I was a kid for a while we lived in a little town in the mountains 90 or so miles from Phoenix. Sometimes during Christmas we would drive to Phoenix right after a rare snow. I always thought snow in the desert is one of the prettiest things I ever saw.

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  9. Happy New Year!

    I'm actually in Palm Springs visiting family. I don't k own if I can carve out time to get to Joshua Tree this trip. I felt rather foolish bringing a flannel shirt, but it has been my go-to shirt for this trip! But we are getting some sun. After all, we are New Englanders !

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  10. fabulous images. Love the snow in your desert. The moon shot is awesome.

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  11. Fantastic shots! Happy New Year!

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  12. Wow- that is awesome! Happy New Year!

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  13. a wonderful selection shows a little snow can do to the landscape

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  14. What lovely and somewhat haunting photos to ring in the New Year! Snow in the desert seems like a contradiction but in moderation a wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing your world.

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  15. Stunning photos. The old truck is quite a character with lots of attitude. But my favourite photo is of the icicles in the cave.

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  16. that is really cool (no pun intended!) beautiful scenes of things i wouldn't expect to see together (snow and joshua trees). :) happy new year to you, too!

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  17. Beautiful pics ! Happy New year to you and yours !

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  18. How splendid!

    ALOHA and Happy New Year from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    <3

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  19. wow, that looks fantastic!
    happy new year!!

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  20. Yes, I love, beautiful photos, a wonderful and amazing snowy wilderness! I wish you a happy 2015 full of light dawns that fill you with vitality and beautiful sunsets that cover your tender heart!

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  21. Oh my gosh, I never realized such a storm could befall the desert....these are spectacular.

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  22. Love these snow pictures! :D (Particularly the moonlight photo... it looks amazing.)

    I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and Happy New Year! :D

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  23. It's nice that you show snow of the country where it is rare. Beautiful pictures. I wish the happy days of the year has already begun!

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  24. Wow, these are beautiful! Snow really changes the look of Joshua Park! Nice change compared to the heat you can get there.

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  25. That's awesome - very unique and beautiful photos. Happy New Year!

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  26. It certainly is a rare treat to see snow in the desert! I love the moonlight photo and the icicles and also the old truck with and without snow.

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  27. These are all wonderful shots. Happy New Year!

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  28. A wonderful set of photos - and rather bizarre, snow in the desert! Wishing you all the best for 2015.

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  29. Superb captures all!!

    Happy New Year!!

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  30. It is so odd to see the snow in the desert! Of course, I have never been to the desert, but it is supposed to be brown and sandy, not white...

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  31. Snow is quite common in North Idaho. I've never heard of a Joshua tree and just google it. Well it in the genus Yucca and there yucca that grows hear. Anyhow it cool looking tree.
    Thanks for stop in and coffee is on

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  32. Sucha delightful collection of pictures!

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  33. Wonderful captures !!! Those Joshua trees are fantastic.

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  34. The desert looks eerie when frozen

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  35. I'd heard the song about "it never rains in Southern California" and had never considered the possibility of snow. Not a huge snowfall to be sure, but a very pretty one.

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  36. Hi SP & P, These photos are just great! I would like photos of this area during any season, but seeing the snow there is pretty rare. Excellent comparison photos of the old truck. Thanks for sharing your photography! And thanks for stopping by my blog too! John

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  37. How beautiful it is! I love JT, as I may have told you a million times or so, and I will certainly never see it in the snow.

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  38. Snow in the desert lands - wow what a wonderful contrast it makes for your photos. Unexpected and delightful.

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  39. Oh wow, the first and fourth photos are just surreal!

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  40. Amazing photos! Yes, we had 4" yesterday, ice rain today.

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  41. You certainly took advantage of the photo ops provided by the snow, with excellent results.

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  42. Beautiful photos! I've been going to JT for most of my life and have only seen snow a couple of times there.
    I never got a single photo with snow it though. You really took some great ones.

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  43. Oh, I am in awe! You captured the most exquisite scenes. I am so glad you finally managed to experience and see some snow in that beautiful part of the world.
    I love the truck in the snow. Breath-takingly beautiful, all!

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  44. Joshua Tree is on my bucket list ... The ice and snow are quite unexpected!!

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  45. The first shot in this series is my favorite. Looks like a wide path is leading us into the desert.

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