Joshua Tree National Park – Barker Dam – Autumn Reflections in December

The Barker Dam, also known as the Big Horn Dam, is a water-storage facility located in Joshua Tree National Park in California. The dam was constructed by early cattlemen, including CO Barker, in 1900. It was raised in 1949 by rancher William F. Keys.

I took this set of images on December 12, 2017. No one was more surprised than me to learn mid-December was the peak of Autumn. The willow trees were all glowing orange and yellow about a half-hour before sunset.

We got there late in the afternoon and it was a scramble to take as many different angles as I could in about 1/2 hour of time.

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All of the images were taken with the same 24-105mm lens. The focal lengths of the images ranged from 24 to 98mm.

Nowhere else in the park has such beautiful deciduous trees.


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2 thoughts on “Joshua Tree National Park – Barker Dam – Autumn Reflections in December

  1. Isn’t it special to find such a perfect place at exactly the right time? My wife and I spent time at Joshua Tree several times over the course of our 47 years together, from camping in the VW bus to staying ‘fancy’ at a bed and breakfast some 40 years later. We have enjoyed the place at various times of the year while visiting a spiritual sister that lived in Joshua Tree. (Lost her to cancer as well.)
    I find it interesting that you could take the second picture down, frame it and mount it upside down on a wall, and very few people would notice. l In my eye, it would be a less interesting, more conventional composition, but that’s just me – I prefer it as you saw it.

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