Photo Essay: Joshua Tree National Park, California

by Irvin on January 10, 2013 · 12 comments

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Photo Essay: Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

“I want to feel sunlight on my face…I see the dust cloud disappear, without a trace. I want to take shelter from the poison rain…Where the streets have no name…” cried out Bono from the car stereo as AJ and I drove through the alien landscape of the Joshua Tree National Park. I had insisted that we listen to U2 as we visited the National Park and it turns out that the Joshua Tree album is actually the perfect soundtrack to the park. Yes, I’m sure everyone else who visits the park does the exact same thing but somehow, having never visited the park, and haven’t listened to the album in years, it all coalesced into a bit of a magical experience for us both. We had wanted to go to Joshua Tree for awhile, but we just hadn’t carved out the time for it, and finally, last November, we did. It didn’t disappoint, nor did Bono. There, I think we found what we were looking for.

[Editorial note: I had just gotten an iPad for my birthday so I decided to let AJ shoot with the big camera and test out what the iPad capabilities were in terms of it's camera. All photos in this post were taken with a 3rd generation iPad - a camera comparable to the iPhone 4GS, though there was considerable post-process done within Lightroom.]

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.comJoshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

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Heidi @foodiecrush January 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

Wow, that is impressive. I have the original iPad, no camera. Pretty darn good. Still thinking about getting a smaller camera to travel with instead of my 5D and iPhone though. Oh, the options!

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Brian @ A Thought For Food January 10, 2013 at 10:58 am

Love all of these… impressed by the iPad’s capabilities.

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Belinda @zomppa January 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

iPad success! Beautiful – I may still have my Joshua Tree tape somewhere…

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Elle January 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Been 20 years since I’ve been there. And I could smell the air. That’s how good those photos are.

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Jamie Lauren Gem January 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Joshua Tree is such a magical place. I stayed at 29 Palms at couple of years ago, so special.

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Kristen January 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I absolutely love your photo essays… I cannot believe the quality of the iPad photos! Wow!

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Gail January 11, 2013 at 5:11 am

I’ll never be embarrassed to hold up my iPad and shoot again.
Fantastic, Irvin!

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Jen @ Savory Simple January 11, 2013 at 6:58 am

Beautiful photos! You’ve made me want to bust out Joshua Tree. It’s been years.

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 11, 2013 at 9:21 am

Those are some gorgeous pics. I could lost in the scenery for hours.

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Bret Bannon January 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Such beautiful pictures. Here in MN, it makes me warmer just enjoying their beauty.

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Rachael (Fuji Mama) January 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I have so many fond memories of Joshua Tree. My dad is happiest outdoors, and we made many a trip to Joshua Tree growing up. Although it’s been years since I’ve been back, it’s still one of my favorite places. Gorgeous pictures!!

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merri January 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

wow, very pretty place! i’ll have to admit though, i’ve never heard of that album, so i went there and heard tons of people all listenng to the same songs i’d be very puzzled.

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