13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Backlit Joshua Tree on a moonlit night
This was my first visit to Joshua Tree National Park known for its amazing geology and, of course, Joshua Trees. I wanted to somehow capture the famed yucca plant in its desert landscape with a starry sky. Joshua Tree NP has some of the darkest night skies in the US and is actively trying to curb "light pollution" to preserve this night time experience that the modern world has literally washed from the sky
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||Nov. 25, 2015, 6:24 a.m.