The images are part of a larger series created in the Mojave Desert around Joshua Tree in the fall of 2023 that explore the shifting state of the desert. California lawmakers recently passed the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act, designed to protect Joshua Trees, which are increasingly under threat due to climate change. The urgency of this act was amplified by the Dome Fire of 2020 (just one of many devastating wildfires in recent years) that destroyed more than 43,000 acres and approximately 1.4 million Joshua Trees in the Mojave National Preserve. Efforts are currently underway to restore the trees through replanting via the National Park Service’s Dome Fire Tree Restoration Project, a heroic effort deploying more than 100 volunteers. However, while nearly 2,000 new Joshua Trees have been planted since 2021, less than a fifth of them are still alive today.
Joshua Tree Orange and Pink
Joshua Tree Sunrise October 2023
Joshua Tree October 2023