Dreamy Last Light Over Joshua Tree

Twilight turns the desert into a magical place - shadows and shades of deep blue are contrasted against a deep turquoise sky.

It started out as one of those boring weekends. It was too hot to do much outdoors in the day. Bec and I made a list of stuff to do, and “drive to Joshua Tree to take pictures of the sunset” won out. We showed up in late afternoon and hiked around as the sun was setting. The sunset itself was not spectacular since there were no clouds, but was still beautiful nonetheless. After the sun dropped below the horizon, the real show started. The cool air and the fading light transforms this place into something magical.

Fun Facts About How Joshua Tree Geology

Geologists believe the face of Joshua Tree’s modern landscape was formed over 100 million years ago. Molten liquid, heated by the movement of the Earth’s crust, oozed upward and cooled while still under the surface. These intrusions are a type of granite called monzogranite. This monzogranite developed a system of rectangular joints from the veins of minerals that run through them. Over time, floods and weather eroded the rock along these joints resulting in large piles of rectangular rocks. Jumbo Rocks is a great example of this kind of formation.

Twilight turns everything into shades of deep blue contrasted against the deep turquoise sky. The cool breeze and the beauty of last light over this desert was just what we needed to refresh our spirits from the monotony of this heat wave. We stayed and took pictures until the stars came out, then headed home.