Dawn's First Light At Joshua Tree National Park
Dawn's First Light at Joshua Tree National Park
– Landscape and wildflower photography by Ram Vasudev
Glorious, fleeting first light illuminating a row of wildflowers under a Desert Ironwood tree (Olneya tesota) at Joshua Tree National Park. The wildflowers are Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa), Desert Dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata), Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) and Arizona lupine (Lupinus arizonicus). Thanks to Sonie Sampson and Steve Mudge of Facebook’s California Native Plant Society group for help with identifying the tree.
I arrived at this pre-scouted location well before twilight, in the wee hours, composed the scene and waited for the sunrise. At first, the sunlight was barely noticeable, and then it gradually illuminated the landscape. This was suddenly followed by almost blinding sunlight illuminating the wildflowers, the tree and landscape. The glorious early morning light was very fleeting and I managed to snap a few pictures.
I find the beauty of JTNP to be quite subtle. You don’t have overly saturated colors of wildflowers such the California Poppy at other California desert locations. The colors of wildflowers at JTNP are gentle and understated, as in this picture.
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April 7th, 2017
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