This Joshua Tree is much photographed as it's right in the middle of the trail PLUS look at that trunk. I love how as it gets older it loses the fur to the bark.
The Joshua tree’s life cycle begins with the rare germination of a seed, its survival dependent upon well-timed rains. Look for sprouts growing up from within the protective branches of a shrub. Young sprouts may grow quickly in the first five years, then slow down considerably thereafter. The tallest Joshua trees in the park loom a whopping forty-plus feet high, a grand presence in the desert.