Monday, April 19, 2010

That's My World Tuesday, Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot / Climbing Rocks at Joshua Tree National Park, California USA

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The theme for Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot is stairs.
These are not images of conventional stairs but these people were certainly looking for steps to put their feet... all the way up these rocks and then all the way back down again.
A day at Joshua Tree National Park was our world this past Saturday.
We hiked and stopped often to watch people climb everything they could get their feet on!

Okay...they made it to the top!
Now what?
Let's look around for awhile and marvel at how high UP we are!

They seem to be taking the same "stairs" back down.
This is another couple in another place, but, they too were determined to find those natural steps UPWARD!

These two are climbing in the Jumbo Rock area of Joshua Tree.

Hmmm...these two seem to want to be alone for a while.

This amazing rock is called Skull Rock...I can't imagine why!
People wanted to climb into his eye sockets and nostrils to have their pictures taken.
They are much closer to the ground so the hunt for steps was not much of a challenge.
Even I could do it!

This is a better shot of the face of  Skull Rock.

These kids were part of a big group in the nearby camp ground.
They are contemplating which way to go...or just look at it.
It was getting late and I was hoping they chose NOT to start climbing and get stuck in the dark.
So...That's My World from this past weekend!
We enjoyed the loop trails and the sights of Jumbo Rocks at
Joshua Tree National Park, California USA,
only a 2 hour drive from our home.

That's My World Tuesday

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot
The theme is stairs.


Kathiesbirds said...

Carolyn what an amazing place! It looks like such fun and scary too! Both the skull (tee hee) and the heights! Yikes!

Sylvia K said...

An amazing place indeed! And I agree with Kathie, looks fun and scary at the same time! Love the strange looking rock formations including the skull! What a fun place to hike! Love all your photos as always, Carolyn! Hope you have a great week!


J Bar said...

Fantastic rock formations.
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Scott said...

Those are some huge rocks. Very interesting. It's a good thing you had people on them, because they just don't look that big until you have something to compare them to. Really nice job on those, and I really love the cacti flowers in Sunday's post too, such gorgeous red.

SandyCarlson said...

What an incredible place. Gorgeous.

Carver said...

The rock formations are amazing. You took some fantastic shots. I enjoyed this sequence very much.

KMOYMAMA said...

I am wondering if you were one of those people on the rock stairs to the top. I would have climbed up to the top if I were in my early sixties! I am sure you have enjoyed this national park.

Catherine said...

ooooh great rock shots!! stunning scenery

noel said...


thanks for showing us a little bit about your corner of the world today....sounds like a place i could easily hang out and climb to see many different vantage points, interesting shapes on these rocks

Serline said...

Love all the pictures you have captured, especially the skull rock.

Martha Z said...

Aren't those formations wonderful? I'm really sorry we didn't get to camp there this year.

Carletta said...

I'd fall, I know it. :)
Love that skull rock.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carolyn: Wonderful photos from a neat place, you can certainly see where the Skull Rock got it's name.

magiceye said...

a great place to spend some quality time!

Spiderdama said...

Looks nice and the rock is beautiful! Love the color and the different formations.
Have a great day:-)

Gwendolyn L said...

Great pictures. My stomach gets in knowts just looking at the heights of these rocks. Thanks for sharing.

Dimple said...

Thanks for visitng my macro, Carolyn. I have a My World post that shows more of it...
I was raised in CA but never have been to Joshua Tree, it looks like fun!

Ebie said...

Those are huge boulders! I never realize that Joshua Tree has this wonder besides the desert plant light.

Great photography!

Japa said...

How wonderful to watch people take challenges climbing rocks these huge and intimidating. Good for the undaunted and strong-willed. Beautiful captures too.

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Johnny Nutcase said...

fun, fun, fun! I loved playing on the rocks at JTree, I couldn't resist either :) I'm trying to convince a friend to go back there this summer with me...great series!

Kristin said...

It takes a lot of courage, strength and determination to climb all the way up. The view is so amazing once you are the top.

Very unique rock formations :-)

Jama said...

What an amazing place! but I won't be willing to climb it unless there's proper stairs! lol

Carly said...

Hi Carolyn

OMG...What neat photos! I love the looks of the rocks, except the one kinda looks like a scull. Umm... I think I will take the elevator! LOL


Suzanne R said...

The skull is fascinating, especially with people in the cavities to show how big they are. I am interested in all the climbing because it puts everything in perspective. I don't know that I would attempt it myself, though. LOL!

Mike said...

Very cool! I like the skull a lot. :)