Joshua Trees thrive in Lost Horse Valley in Joshua Tree National Park located within the Mojave Desert.
The unique tree's name is said to derive from the biblical story of Joshua. The tree's branches reminded Mormon settlers (who were crossing the desert in the mid-1800s) of the outstretched arms of Joshua who led the Israelite tribes to conquer Canaan.
Photographer: Laura Cross (nee' Holycross)
Date: November 6, 2005
Location: Lost Horse Valley, Joshua Tree National Park, California