FC: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK | PHOTOS BY KEVIN KRUSE
1: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK PHOTOS BY KEVIN KRUSE
2: Introduction 150 miles east of the dark, bustling corridors of Los Angeles rests the broad, natural haven of the Joshua Tree national park. Home to rich wildlife, stunning rock formations, and some of California's earliest native people, this 800,000 acre national reserve is treasured by enthusiasts, scientists, and explorers alike. Activity in the area increased in the 1800's when cattlemen occupied the land for its plentiful grasses and miners rushed to the hills in hopes of striking gold. Joshua Tree proved to be a desirable destination for many and the culture of centuries of inhabitants has molded the park's history. Today, Joshua Tree draws in people from all over the world to experience the grandeur and beauty of the reserve, and to participate in activities like rock climbing, hiking, camping, etc. Joshua Tree offers something special for every walk of life, regardless of age or interests.
3: Preservation The question in not 'should we protect the Joshua Tree national park'. The answer to that is an irrefutable, 'yes'. rather, the question we must ask ourselves is what can we do to maintain and enjoy the pristine vastness of the wilderness reserve without threatening its natural excellence. The land, although seen as barren by many, is in fact a thriving and finely balanced ecological oasis; a diamond in the rough. The region of Joshua Tree is a truly outstanding slice of Earth that should by no means be tampered with or tainted by the hand of man. This Colorado-Mojave expanse, like many other deserts, provides a nourishing environment for a vast variety of both plant and animal life. Jumping choya cacti and yucca brevifolia, or more inconically named, the Joshua tree, speckle the landscape, each plant strategically rooted equidistant from its cousins to maximize water consumption. Wildlife ranging from the golden eagle to the bighorn sheep inhabit the mature habitat and play a major role in preserving natural equality. To defile and degrade this ancient product of nature is to threaten the very existence of its many inhabitants. Thanks to the power of photography and the passion of conservationists, we can confidently say that Joshua Tree is not in jeopardy of being spoiled. While high publicity and over-advertising can pose a threat to wilderness parks, strict regulation and respect for the land can overcome almost any harm that is inherent with human activity. It should be noted, however, that a certain degree of publicity and awareness for this treasured nature reserve can be highly beneficial in maintaining the park's immaculate condition. It should be our duty as stewards of the Earth to protect and defend this cherished land.
5: "There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm" : Theodore Roosevelt
6: "Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." : Gary Snyder
7: "The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom." : Theodore Roosevelt
8: "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin". : William Shakespeare
11: "The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent." : Carl Sagan
12: "Destroying a rainforest for economic gain is like burning a renaissance painting to cook a meal." : Edward O. Wilson
13: "The Holy Land is everywhere." : Black Elk
16: "There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm." : Theodore Roosevelt
18: "I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it." : William Shakespeare
20: "God Bless America. Let's save some of it." : Edward Abbey