Yes, although this is not at all a Joshua Tree, I’m pretty sure it is THE Joshua Tree. But you can just call him Josh.
The bark that covers these trees in Yosemite is cool, maybe even as cool as the red bark covering the manzanita trees. It is all layered and flaky and about three inches deep.
I love these trees, too–although some people prefer to call them ‘bushes’ over ‘small trees.’ I always thought that this reddish-brown stuff covering them was some sort of tree sap or resin, but it is actually their bark. You learn something new every day!
I love the trees that fill the hillsides of Coulterville, California, in Mariposa County. I think they are some kind of elder, and did a little bit of investigation online. Are they acer negundo californicums? I don’t know.
The leaves are starting to change colors in Illinois.
My friend Juan met me at the airport in Madrid. We rented a car and immediately left the city in an electric-blue Citroen. It was hot and the country reminded me a lot of Northern California–tall trees, roads cut through hills and valleys. We stopped a creek called Boca de Asno to cool off.