The Joshua Tree, the largest of the yuccas, grows only in the Mojave Desert. It is an important part of the Mojave Desert ecosystem, providing habitat for numerous birds, mammals, insects, and lizards. The Joshua tree is a narrative of survival, and beauty.
Some scientists believe that the Joshua Tree is a holdover from a different era, and so, is slowly disappearing from the face of the earth. Because they require a cold period to flower, Joshua Trees are vulnerable to climate change. Models indicate that Joshua Tree National Park and much of the southern half of the Joshua Tree range will be too warm in the next 50 to 100 years to support any Joshua Trees.
For this project I photograph each tree as an individual. This is furthered by the specific process I employ of making multiple image and combining them into a single image. I am fascinated how each one has a personality of its own, conveyed through its size and shape.
I love the natural world. I make these images to celebrate the beauty of nature that can be found in preserved areas or the nearby landscape. In that moment I affirm my deep respect and empathy for nature.