What characterizes Joshua Tree NP the most in my mind are two unique features: the gritty, fascinating (and fun to climb!) rock formations, and the Joshua trees the park is named after. There are also palm tree oases in the park, but we don't often make to those areas as we focus mostly on the rock climbing.
Of course, while there I found many interesting sketch subjects! My husband was very gracious in allowing me ample time to do this, usually in the mornings and evenings when the light is the best (and it's a bit too cold to rock climb!). In the image at right, I started drawing the grouping of young Joshua trees just before dawn so by the time the sun rose over Ryan Mountain I was ready to paint the sunrise glow. I then turned myself around to face the rock formation behind our camp, fully lit by the early morning sun.
Those familiar with the desert know that the nights can be quite chilly, even this close to spring. I photographed my husband (in his down jacket) enjoying our nightly campfire.