Sunrise From Mastodon Peak, by T.M. Schultze

Christmas Eve From Joshua Tree

Christmas Eve From Joshua Tree

Christmas Eve From Joshua Tree

Christmas Eve From Joshua Tree

Spending Christmas in Joshua Tree National Park is a personal tradition for me.  On that note, I will be out in the park on the 24th and 25th, so I am showing this image from last year’s Christmas morning in Joshua Tree.

A storm was clearing in the Southern part of the park, and before sunrise, I hiked out along the Lost Palms trail to the Mastodon Peak.  This is an overlooked area of the park, but it offers a great area to catch a good sunrise.

Clouds were thick to the West, and it appeared that Mastodon Peak was not going to get any morning light, so I looked East and saw the clouds lighting up.

Christmas Eve From Joshua Tree - Panorama

Christmas Eve From Joshua Tree – Panorama

I also made a panorama of this same composition for comparison.  This image is in the 6×17 aspect ratio I prefer for panoramic images.

This image was also aided by the Skyfire App, which gave me a good sense of where to be on this morning to make the best sunrise image.  Thanks again, Matt!

Thank you for viewing, and I hope you enjoy the images!


T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.

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