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  • ... landscape, with little geometric perfection about it. Back up a few miles, though, to the far side of Interstate 15 east of the ... branching at knee height, culminating in thirty or forty growing tips ringed with the species' eponymous short, sharp leaves. ...
  • ... think about my father. A cold drop of water hits the back of my neck, runs down inside my jacket. I turn. I scan the sky. It takes ... in which the Mojave got five times its usual ration of winter rain. Underground rivers and washes burbled with water. Dry lakes ...
  • ... just apply to Joshua trees , of course. Read the news long enough and you are likely to see false equivalences stated as if ... of piñon firewood smoke Ad Libitum, and then I would get back to work. The regimen alleviated the acute symptoms. The chronic ...
  • ... Clarke photo We crossed our fingers a few weeks back , and we got our wish: At least in the Eastern Mojave, this is one ... "good bloom" year, after the requisite cold and wet winter , maybe one Joshua tree in five will sport the tree's ...
  • Living in isolation from their cousins, the eastern and western groups of Joshua trees have evolved different growth habits that result in a ... Yucca brevifolia var. brevifolia, the western Joshua tree | Photo: Chris Clarke The Joshua tree's range in the ...
  • ... who capped his career by spending three years running Joshua Tree National Park has come out against a solar project proposed for the central Mojave Desert in no uncertain terms. [scald=79461:kl_image_original_context ...
  • ... which more rain fell. During the very heavy rains of the winter of 2004-2005, I had an old man at a gas station tell me solemnly that ... trees . They don't have entire limbs that have died back . They haven't been gnawed at by thirsty rodents. They all have abundant ...
  • ... so good. Down there fifteen thousand years, rain that fell back in the Pleistocene and stayed hidden, it had avoided the whole of ... cords, a thesaurus, a cast iron skillet, two heavy winter shirts, my late dog Zeke's last collar (with tags still attached), a ...
  • There's a lot to see in Joshua Tree , but be honest: you're not in a big enough rush to justify ...
  • Will there be any Joshua trees left in Joshua Tree National Park in 2111? ... is that the trees had help dispersing their seeds back then from a large animal long since extinct: the Shasta ground sloth. ...

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