Keys View – Joshua Tree National Park

At the end of the Salton View Road in Joshua Tree National Park is a lookout called Keys View. No it has nothing to do with the Florida Keys, they are clear across the country no where near here. In fact there is barely any water here as Joshua Tree National Park is desert. There are two types of desert actually: Mohave Desert in the northern, higher elevation part of the park and Colorado Desert, in the southern, lower elevation parts.

The only body of water in the neighborhood is the Salton Sea, which you can see in this pictures just beyond those mountains. Like Mono Lake, it has a high salinity level. The Salton Sea lies directly on the San Andreas Fault and, like Death Valley, lies below sea level.

Joshua Tree National Park is quite beautiful although hot. My son and I visited here to go do some hikes and take photos and went in May thinking we’d beat the real heat. Well no such luck, it turned out to be the hottest May in years and we got temperatures around 100F (37.8C). It is a dry heat which I find infinitely more bearable than humid heat, but one sure ends up drinking a lot of water!

This shot is my usual HDR shot with 3 bracketed shots and processed in Dynamic Photo HDR followed by some tweaking in Lightroom.p732250318-4[1]

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This entry was posted in California, HDR, Joshua Tree, National Park, Travel.

5 Comments

  1. Flickr: VRfoto July 30, 2010 at 1:58 am #

    Your photo is “A” Class ( Please, Post 1-Comment 2 )
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  2. Flickr: starburst911 July 30, 2010 at 8:13 am #

    Excellent work
    Your image deserves another
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  3. Flickr: uvagolfer July 30, 2010 at 11:46 pm #

    Wonderful view! I love those ripples in the ridge, nice shadows there.

  4. Flickr: Parzivals Piece July 31, 2010 at 1:43 am #

    Excellent work
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  5. Flickr: Mirthe Duindam July 31, 2010 at 3:41 am #

    Geweldig mooi overzicht van een prachtig landschap!!

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