Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Barker Dam is an unusual place in the high desert of Joshua Tree National Park. Unusual because of the vegetation, the rocky mountain landscape and the water reflection. Most desert areas are replete of large bodies of water but, here, a dam was built by early settlers in hopes enough water would be available to keep herds year round. The heat of the summer was not taken into consideration. The area was abandoned when the water quickly disappeared in the late spring followed by daily temperatures well over 100F. The park just commemorated it’s 75th year in the national park system. The unusual rock-scape and dessicated aura provides the photographer with a myriad of images, this long exposure being taken on a windy day with stacked filters to smooth the clouds and water.

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