As National Parks are starting to open for the Memorial Weekend, it made me go through the images that I had taken last year when I went to Joshua Tree National Park for overnight camping. It was my first time to do such a thing, and it definitely was something different (in a good way).
We got into the camping ground just in time for sunset. It was quite challenging for none of us had ever been in the park. Our camping ground was actually further into Joshua Tree, and therefore darker, and it was outside the park. We had chosen the campground since it was said to be one of the best for night photography (may post on a separate entry).
Camping is not something that I actually had considered before, for one thing, I don't know where to start nor get gears (how embarrassing). Since this was a first, I did not know exactly what to expect, but surprisingly it was enjoyable. Reminiscing this experience, made me want to do it all over again. We only stayed overnight and it was quite enough.
The picture above is the view from our tent. We started setting it up during sunset, hence the lack of sunset photos, and we get to stare into this view all night.
We spent the entire night taking photographs of the night sky, to my surprise, the Milky Way was directly above us. It was such a lovely view and only got more visible as the night deepens.
As the morning starts, we are greeted by this view on the other side of our tent. The sun slowly hitting the rocky view signals that it is time to get out of the tent to start shooting.
As the sun has fully come up, it was then time to pack up and head into the park to shoot. It was summer, so even during the first light of day it was already hot. Summers at Joshua Tree may not be the very best idea, I believe the Summer to Fall may be more ideal. —Claire