Cottonwood Springs Trail (5 photos)

Even though at a higher elevation, it’s not exactly the greatest idea to go hiking in Joshua Tree National Park in September on a clear blue day. It was an interesting experience nevertheless – my first real desert hike!

We hiked the Cottonwood Springs Trail in the morning, but didn’t start early enough so the sun was up pretty high already. It was difficult for me to see things that “work” in pictures, it’s so brutally different from anything that I know and like in Germany and Austria. The vast, empty, barren landscape is fascinating, nevertheless (for the Germans: Joshua Tree National Park is larger than the entire German federal state “Saarland”).

And it’s of course challenging to make pictures in broad daylight, too. Color were limited to the pale beige of the granite bedrock, dark brown and green of hardy shrubs and plants, a little bit of red and orange here and there – and a bright blue sky above. I think the black & white treatment works rather well here. I hope you agree.

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