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Even More Joshua Tree

Yet more images from Joshua Tree National Park…

Joshua Tree N.P. Nikon D200. AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-55 mm f/2.8G ED-IF. 38mm. ISO 200. 1/200 sec at f/8. Copyright © Joanne Mason 2011.

I like the way the tree bristles pick up the afternoon sun. I imagine a wider aperture would have allowed me to focus more tightly on the tree which would then have stood out more against the mountainside.  The best thing about these Joshua Tree images (all shot in afternoon) was the way the December afternoon sun cast a golden light on everything. The interplay of the light on mountains, valleys, rocks, and trees was wonderful.

Big Galleta Grass. Joshua Tree N.P. Nikon D200. AF-S Zoom Nikor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF. 40 mm. ISO 200. 1/350 sec at f/3.3. Copyright © Joanne Mason 2011.

Big Galleta grass grows in clumps throughout the Mohave Desert. Here, again, I like the way the grass grabs the afternoon sun.

Juniper Bush. Joshua Tree N.P. Nikon D200. AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF. 38mm. ISO 200. 1/2000 sec at f/2.8 Aperture priority. Copyright © Joanne Mason 2011.

Juniper bushes and juniper trees also grow widely through Joshua Tree.  Here, the remains of juniper tree wood stand in contrast to a juniper tree behind covered in juniper berries. I’m not sure what possessed me to shoot this wide open. Perhaps I simply forgot the aperture setting. A smaller aperture would have given me more depth of field and allowed all of the gnarled wood to be sharp. (Either that or focusing on the central piece rather than the wood on the right. Either way, I would want to keep the wood in front sharp against the tree in back somewhat out of focus.)

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