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Taking Better Pictures in Joshua Tree- A Photo Essay with Flare and Photo Tips

Joshua tree

During my recent desert road trip, I spent a morning shooting in Joshua Tree National Park. This part of the high desert is known for it’s beautiful morning light.  Unfortunately, it was unseasonably cold and windy and I found myself without the appropriate gear to make the most of the occasion. I had failed to check the weather report before packing my car, and at 6 am no local stores were open for me to pick up an additional layer to protect against wind and cold.

Mojave Sands Motel: A Funky Place to Bunk in Joshua Tree

Interior room 4 at The Mojave Sands Motel

If the Bates Motel had a funky, friendly hipster cousin in the desert, it would be the Mojave Sands Motel in Joshua Tree, California. There are only a few options for accomodations in this part of the Yucca Valley: you can pitch a tent and camp in the park, stay at a generic desert motel nearby, or do what the cool kids are doing: going east of the Ace Palm Springs and staying at the still-below-the-radar Mojave Sands.