Location : Morongo Valley & Joshua Tree – California

New Year, New Moments - 2014

A pleasure to call these people friends/family looking forward to building more moments into 2015. 3 days in the desert, large group of friends who would’ve thought we could have so much fun. 

Joshua Tree National Park’s iconic Joshua Trees come in many shapes and sizes. No two are the same. This one is trying to imitate the Milky Way.

Explore Joshua Tree’s unique landscape and photograph the park’s dark skies this Saturday (May 23). An all-night Instameet will give skilled and amateur photographers the chance to capture amazing pics of Joshua Tree’s starry nights. The meetup starts at 8 pm at the park’s Cap Rock. Photo courtesy of Juan Moreno.


If you ever want to appreciate this wonderful planet that we live on, go to the middle of the desert where there is no civilization. Go to where there is no cell phone signal. Go where it’s so quiet that you can actually hear the blood rushing through your head and you can hear planes flying through the sky miles and miles away. Go where there is no light pollution and look up at the moon and the stars and the planets. All of the stillness and the quietness combined with the universe above you will make you realize how small you actually are and that you’re lucky to be alive. In the grand scheme of things, nothing matters. We are all pretty insignificant. I have no idea why I was placed on this earth, but after tonight, it is my mission to enjoy the heck out of the life I’ve been given and I’m going to live it to the fullest. Life is so precious and fleeting, so we should all just enjoy what we have and be thankful for everything. We live on a beautiful planet and we are surrounded by beautiful places and things and people.

A gorgeous winter scene at Joshua Tree National Park in California. Juan Moreno took this image of snow-covered Hidden Valley at Joshua Tree National Park on New Year’s eve.

Photo courtesy of Juan Moreno.

Soft pastel clouds look inviting over the harsh landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. With the California desert stretching out for miles around you, this unique landscape is a place of wonder and contemplation. Marvel at the sky, explore the rock formations, but don’t try climbing the trees. @joshuatreenps pic by Manish Mamtani (


Desert Landscape                                                                                        Joshua Tree Naitonal Park

The higher and cooler Mojave Desert is the special habitat of Yucca brevifolia, the Joshua tree for which the park is named. It occurs in patterns from dense forests to distantly spaced specimens. In addition to Joshua tree forests, the western part of the park includes some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California’s deserts. The dominant geologic features of this landscape are hills of bare rock, usually broken up into loose boulders.