No matter where you live, there will always be spring; flowers will bloom and trees will leaf. It is a powerful time of year. I consider myself very lucky to have traveled to Joshua Tree National Park this spring to bear witness to the mass Joshua tree bloom, a once in a lifetime event. No one knows why (it could be a defensive reaction to drought or just plain stress) but for some reason almost all of the Joshua trees bloomed; something that they just don’t do, not all at once. This occurrence was reflected throughout the desert, everything was in high bloom; yucca, ocotillo, cholla, everything. The Joshua trees themselves were bearing fruit as big as a person’s fist. In turn, the desert was alive with activity. Standing next to a Joshua bloom and listening carefully you could hear the munching of the yucca moth’s larva feeding on the tree’s seeds. Arriving at an ocotillo patch in the evening you could find them swarming with hummingbird moths; fluttering among the red flowers and pollinating the entire grove as they traversed from one plant to the next. Such a barren place yet so filled with life.
Before traveling, I do a lot of research on the area and the species of interest to me. In this case the Joshua trees were my main focus, as seen in the previous post. I like to go to a place with a specific vision in mind. In finding out about the mass Joshua bloom I wanted to highlight it and really show the exclamation of such an event. I believe the first photo in this series does that. It was the last photo I took in the park before departing. It took me five days to find the right tree and conditions and I succeeded in creating an image that represents both the power of the bloom and my vision of it.