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  • ... and 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 ... followed me around the fire was deeper, its secrets better hidden . Even then the Upstate New York landscape seemed claustrophobic to me, ...
  • ... 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 ...
  • ... Tree intimately. His Joshua family tree goes back four generations. Jima pauses. The rest of us are silent. It is well ... the park's west entrance. From here, you might explore Hidden Valley and hike the short (1.1 mile) looping trail to Barker Dam. You ...
  • ... | Chris Clarke photo We crossed our fingers a few weeks back , and we got our wish: At least in the Eastern Mojave, this is one of the ... three weeks, most Joshua trees in the stretch of desert near Joshua Tree National Park have been putting out an ...
  • There's a lot to see in Joshua Tree , but be honest: you're not in a big enough rush to justify ... slightly cooler, and it's easier to be comfortable in the desert during the day. The local economic scene comes alive in the environs ... mockingbirds defending their territories in the Joshua trees . You miss the main lesson the desert has to teach you: that you ...
  • ... so good. Down there fifteen thousand years, rain that fell back in the Pleistocene and stayed hidden , it had avoided the whole of documented human history up until the ...
  • ... oak leaf In the highlands of Joshua Tree National Park my friend Seth leads me to a mature oak. "It's ... tree's leaves are unlike any I've seen on a desert oak: broad and scalloped, more like the deciduous valley oak of ... tree might have been coveted in the area, or envied, a family's claim to fame. Who knows? But it's pretty certain that the ...
  • ... chicks. I haven't seen them since. The parents have been back , or at least I'm pretty sure they have. Each morning I have a routine. I ... about the size of chickpeas. They were hatched into a desert full of hungry mouths. By the time they'd hatched, in fact, they'd ...
  • ... landscape, with little geometric perfection about it. Back up a few miles, though, to the far side of Interstate 15 east of the ... first branching at knee height, culminating in thirty or forty growing tips ringed with the species' eponymous short, sharp leaves. ...
  • An episode devoted to this remarkable desert plant which has come to symbolize the Mojave Desert . ... tallest, oldest and one of the most peculiar-looking Joshua Trees in an episode devoted to this remarkable desert plant which has ...

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