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In the interest of posting more personal information, I’d like to share my experience at Joshua Tree National Park. From what I understand, due to the rain the desert is the lushest it has been in many years. I’ve been told I’m very lucky to have experienced the desert at the time I did. This is just one of the photos I took that doesn’t even come close to replicating the beauty I experienced.

The photograph above is not one of a Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia). The photo below, however, is. (Note: both of these photos are unretouched and uncropped.)

Joshua Tree National Park is a great place to go to center yourself. It can be very mystical for the observer and has inspired poetry and music (U2′s great album, for instance). It is not very far from Los Angeles and the visit would make a great day trip.

There is an entrance fee of $5, but this is only applicable when the visitor center is open. When we entered the park through the southern Cottonwood entrance, the center had closed early, so we were able to drive through the park for only the cost of gasoline (and car rental).

Speaking of gasoline, it is quite expensive out there where compared to New Jersey. $2.65 a gallon, if I remember correctly.

I highly recommend the park for people who look for the best of what nature has to offer.

Updated March 5, 2014 and originally published April 22, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .


avatar reader

Hi, what type of digital camera do you have?

avatar Luke Landes

Hi, reader.

I have a Canon Powershot S30. I bought it about two years ago and I’m very happy with it. The photos here have been compressed a little so the picture quality isn’t the best I’ve been able to produce when I’m trying.

My model is a little old. It looks like the S60 and S70 are the current equivalents. Mine is a 3 megapixel while the S60 is a 5 megapixel.

avatar MrWolf710

Not much of a blog when you continue to post personal stories and pictures that aren’t from other news sources. A little originality goes along way.

Just kidding, of course. Nice pics, btw.

avatar Becky

Wow – these pictures are just awesome. Nice to see you wrapping a little more of the personal into the financial. :)