My Trip to Joshua Tree

Last week in Palm Springs I went to a photography workshop, and Marley joined me for five days after it ended. On our list for certain: Joshua Tree. I used to go Camp Mighty a now-ended blogging conference in Palm Springs, and in all the years I went, I never made it the 20 or so miles to this amazing wilderness. It worked out: I was so glad I got to go with Marley for the first time.

On Sunday, we headed there just at the tail end of the sun being high in the sky. We drove for miles, stopping to get out of our car frequently to take pictures of the Joshua tress and plants and rocks. We stayed to watch the sun sink and the heavenly bodies to emerge: first Mars, Saturn and Antares in the usual place just as soon as the sun dipped down, then five, then ten, then a million at once. There were meteors, too. I’ve never seen stars like this.

Shout out to the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs for proving the pool robe, which is perfect attire to see Joshua Tree in. Paired with their provided in-room walking stick and my own scarf-turned-headwrap, I was perfectly dressed to be a freckled, enthusiastic cult leader.

Nerdy sidenote: all of the photos in this post were taken with the Fuji XT-1 and a 12 mm f/2.0 Rokinon lens. I didn't have a tripod, so I took a five second exposure of the night sky with my camera set to "bulb", while leaning on my car and not breathing!

PS - if anyone wants to elope to Joshua Tree, you need to call me. I kept mentally placing brides and grooms in photos while I was there - I can't help myself! I promise to wear something more normal.