Nov 20, 2007

Golden Joshua

This is a Joshua Tree in the national park of the same name. It was beautiful even after death. It was felled by a fire. Non-native grasses here endanger natural vegetation like the odd looking Joshua Trees. Air pollution in recent decades has crept further into Joshua Tree National Park depositing nitrogen that's fertilized non-native grasses. These grasses grow and die between native plants. When a fire starts they provide fuel for the flames to rip across landscapes that had been protected by wide swaths of dirt between the native fauna.