Monday, March 18, 2013

J for Joshua Tree


ABC WEDNESDAY
J IS FOR JOSHUA TREE
 
 
 
One of my favorite vacations as a child was traveling to California to visit my maternal Grandfather and his family.
 
My Dad's favorite spot was the Mojave Deset in California.  Every time we passed through we all took turns standing in front of one of the JOSHUA TREES.

The tree is actually a Yucca brevifolia and its genus is the Yucca plant.

The name Joshua Tree started from a group of Mormon settlers who were traveling out west to settle and thought is looked like the biblical Joshua reaching his hands up to pray.

Other inhabitants of the area used parts of the tree for fencing because it was so strong.


The above is a picture of me and my younger sister Deb.

Below is the range that the JOSHUA TREE grows in the United States.
 
Linking with ABC Wednesday
 
 


Ann
 
 

29 comments:

jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Hello Ann, It is so nice to hear from you. I love your Joshua tree story and the photo of you and your sister standing under the tree.

Happy days to you and yours.
Jeanne xoxo

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

I knew none of that- really interesting to learn! Thanks!

Thank you for your visit today, too!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Delightful post for J and love the vintage photos ~
Enjoy ^_^

Zac Montoya said...
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Zac Montoya said...

Great Photo. I love the aesthetics of Joshua Trees

Carver said...

I love the shot of you and your sister. Great post for J. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Roger Owen Green said...

I love that U2 album, which was my first real knowledge of the place.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Reader Wil said...

Hi Ann! Thanks for your visit and comment. Good to hear that you are also a member of a choir. Singing is so important for people.Have a great time.
A Joshua Tree is a good choice for J!
Joshua is the sameas Jesus, I heard.Am I correct?
Wil, ABCW Team.

richies said...

Joshua trees are very unusual. The make great photo subjects.

An Arkies Musings

photowannabe said...

I hadn't realized how the tree was named before.
Thanks for the information.

caijsa said...

I love old photos and stories about them. Joshua tree is quite new to me, really interesting.

Leslie: said...

I've heard of that area and would love to see it. I think we have a friend who lives nearby. Maybe one day we can go for a visit.

Leslie
abcw team

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Sis I don't remember this picture! How fun. I am going to save it.. Love ya, Deb

Jesh St Germain said...

Thanks for posting a favorite place!
Have lived over 25 years in California and believe it or not, never visited Joshua Tree. I did see some Joshua trees in Utah, lol! My very favorite place in Calif. is Yosemite and most of my landscape oils and watercolors have been painted there:)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I have been to Joshua Tree ~ it is a beautiful part of te country!
I'm traveling on Tuesdays too... thanks for stopping by.

W. Latane Barton said...

Those are such interesting 'trees'. I am sure that I have seen them (back when the dinasours were here) as we lived in San Diego early in the '50s.

Kara Claflin said...

I have never been there to see them but have always had interest in them.

Hildred said...

Great choice, - love the picture.

Meena said...

The pic has a surreal feel to it :)

Mai said...

That's certainly a tree with history. I'm glad to know your sister shares the same passion for blogging.

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Love Joshua trees; always have. The picture of you is charming.

My only comment about the well-written post is, if the group found the tree so beautiful, why did they cut it down for their own use? Sort of typical "humans rule" behavior... but it doesn't take away from the beauty of the subject!@ Amy
http://sharplittlepencil.com/2013/03/21/uncle-joe/

Gattina said...

Interesting ! I probably have seen one when I was in California, but I can't remember.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 洁雪 said...

This Joshua tree looks like our cabbage tree.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Very fantastic tree! Thank you for sharing.

Chubskulit Rose said...

My husband told me something about Mohave Desert.


January

Catching up (again) with this week's entries.
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Gina Gao said...

I really liked Joshua Tree when I went. I really liked the vintage picture!

www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

Shelia said...

hi Ann! I never knew there was an actual Joshua tree! Love the story.
Thank you so much for popping in to see me and your kind comments.
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Theresa said...

I just saw this last night on the map:) My Great-Niece's Marine husband is heading out to 29 Palms! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Annesphamily said...

A lovely photo and beautifully shared post! Thanks for sharing. I always learn lots of facts when I am blogging!

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