The trees on the California coast exuded joy- the warm sun kept them lively and green and they managed to stand straight against the pounding coastal wind. The desert trees, barely there, clinging to life and adapting to drastic temperature changes, the throbbing sun and constant thirst. Out of the parched and cracked earth arises a desert oasis full of palm trees. A green daydream, full of hope and promise.
Yet the most amazing trees lay before us; the twisted, furry and stunningly beautiful Joshua tree. Found only in this part of the world, the Joshua Tree National Park was the most surreal place I have ever been. Pounding sun (35C before lunch), parched cracked earth, snow covered mountains within view, signs asking tourists to watch for tortoises crossing and then acres as far as the eye can see of these trees that are the antithesis of beauty-it was amazing! These trees represent, for me, the world’s insistence that beauty, strength and the will to thrive can be found in the most unlikely places.