For several years now I've been pursuing an interest in Dark Sky Photography. Joshua Tree National Park, a nearby dark sky island, is a favorite location for shooting the Milky Way. The austerity of the high desert, it's character, elevation and clarity of light make it an exceptional place for photographers. This is especially true for those capturing night sky images, who need the absence of light pollution.
As a local hiker in the park and a guide there for several years, I find the changes from day to night and season to season add to my appreciation of the landscape, no matter when I'm there.These images are from favorite locations in both the high and low desert portions of the Park.
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