Thursday, January 15, 2009

Joshua On Crutches

Along Pearblossom Hwy in LA's high Mojave Desert stands a lone Joshua Tree, held up by wooden planks. Behind the Joshua Tree (which is actually a Yucca, not a tree) are fruit orchards, watered by the California Aqueduct, built in 1913.

The Joshua Tree, the largest of the yuccas, only grows in the Mojave Desert and is actually part of the Lily (Liliaceae) family.

Pasadena and Los Angeles are just on the other side of the San Gabriel Mountains shown in the background.


Julie said...

This one is struggling to stand of its own accord? My memory keeps on wanting to tell me that they hung someone from the Joshua Tree - was it Tom Dooley that the Kingston Trio sang to us about all those years ago?pifters

JT said...

Hi Julie, It was a "White Oak Tree." I have that song on my iPod!