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Joshua Tree National Park  Official Instagram of Joshua Tree National Park. For complete contest details about our latest #JTNPphotocontest, visit the link below.

From our desert challengers in the North and East with their salty wit and dry humor, to our frigid foes across the sea to the West - You have all fought valiantly and honorably. Though all claims to the throne were legitimate (and very well deserved) we will not ask visitors to bend the knee for this round of #parksunsetwars. Thank you to every park and visitor who participated in this battle by sharing their amazing sunset photos. Though shade was thrown, we shine brighter as one NPS community. We look forward to more challenges and โ€œbattlesโ€ that encourage stewardship and celebrate our park resources. @saguaronationalpark thank you! #HouseJoshuaTree #WinterIsDefinitelyNotComingItsReallyHotOutside
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[๐Ÿ“ธ by @seanbagshaw; #alttext Cholla cactus are illuminated by the golden setting sun with distant mountains in the background]

You say yanny, I say laurel- consensus says we've got you beat @saguaronationalpark. Are we going for gold over here? Cuz that's all we're seeing ๐Ÿ‘€ ๐Ÿ† .
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#parksunsetwars
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[๐Ÿ“ธ by @matthewdigati: #alttext Wide landscape shot at sunset with silhouette of Joshua trees and mountains against golden sky]

All these parks are talking but our sunsets speak for themselves.
As you can see, drones aren't necessary when you've got granitic boulders for daaaays to perch up on for that perfect sunset view.
What's that? Can't hear all the hatin' from up here๐Ÿ˜˜ @saguaronationalpark @deathvalleynps @kenaifjordsnps @petrifiedforestnps @alaskanps @archesnps
#parksunsetwars ๐Ÿ“ธ by @ken_etzel : #alttext Joshua tree and boulder with climber on rope silhouetted against red skies

@saguaronationalpark Ya'll really waited until sunset to respond huh ๐Ÿ˜‚...We both might be desert parks, but you know what Joshua trees are better at doing than Saguaros? Giving SHADE. Don't even @ us, 214k can't be wrong.
#parksunsetwars #checkyourselfbeforeyouwreckyourself (Video by @ari_fararooy: #alttext Timelapse video of Joshua tree during sunset, camera zooms close and far from the Joshua tree)โ€ *Edit: this footage was taken from the ground and not a drone.

A SUNSET OFF? YOU'RE ON @saguaronationalpark. While your sunsets are nice, you might wanna get your facts straight because ours have been putting in work since day one.
Check out this #tbt from 2015 (๐Ÿ“ธ NPS/Brad Sutton: #alttext Joshua trees sillhouetted by sunset background)
#parksunsetwars

Rule of ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ Hold your arm straight in front of you with your thumb up like a hitchhiker. If your thumb doesn't completely cover the wildlife you are observing than move farther away until it does! This way you can get closer to smaller critters like lizards and rabbits than larger ones like bighorn sheep and coyotes who need more space.
If an animal is ever in distress, aggressive, or changing their behavior in anyway because of you, then you need to give them more space.
Almost all of our #wildlife photos are taken with telephoto lenses. Remember to follow this rule when taking photos of fauna for the #JTNPphotocontest!
Photo by NPS / Glauco Puig-Santana.
#alttext #coyote at #JoshuaTree

"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." -Shel Silverstein
Photo cred: @amybookerphotography

#alttext #nightsky at #joshuatree #nationalpark

BYOS - Bring Your Own Shade ๐ŸŒ‚

And while youโ€™re welcome to bring a little attitude to the desert, we mean shade in a literal sense. ๐Ÿ˜…or ๐Ÿ˜“ you'll still be sweating out here.
Grandma Joy knows what she's doing! Photo by @doctorhellbender. #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatree

Announcing the 2018 JTNP Photography Contest: Flora and Fauna of Joshua Tree! .
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Entries can include, but are not limited to the smallest invertebrates, desert blooms, reptiles, birds, your favorite Joshua tree, etc. Include a caption such as species identification, why you took that photo, or a fun fact! Swipe to get inspired by some of our flora and fauna shots. .
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Before entering, please see the complete contest details through the link in our bio. #JTNPphotocontest
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[Photo credit in order: NPS / Hannah Schwalbe, NPS / Brad Sutton, NPS / Glauco Puig Santana, NPS / Brad Sutton; #alttext photos of a tortoise, Sacred datura, a tarantula hawk and a bighorn sheep standing on rocks]

Beautiful capture by @dangallophotography who writes โ€œIโ€™m really looking forward to the return of Milky Way season later this year!โ€ .
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Summer temperatures can be brutal during the day, with highs easily exceeding the 100 degree mark. But as the sun descends, warm nights and starry views of the night sky make visiting the park during the summer months a truly unique experience. .
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[#alttext a large rock formation and vegetation stand in the foreground of a starry night sky]

The desert is full of the weird and wonderful! @ian_clazie captured this cool close-up of a colony of Western tent caterpillars, Malacosoma californicum. Youโ€™ll find their conspicuous โ€œtentsโ€ hanging on various shrubs and vegetation throughout the park. They will live and feed as a colony and their tents will grow in size as the larvae mature, until they finally part ways and pupate in cocoons - emerging finally as adult moths. Be sure to keep an eye out for these guys on your next visit. [#alttext tent caterpillars nest in a colony made of silk on the branches of a shrub]

@itsaluckyshot writes: โ€œAs a photographer, nothing beats the long hours of driving, lack of sleep, rushing, waiting, and finally getting that one image that makes everything worth it.โ€
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Thanks for sharing your photo @itsaluckyshot
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[#alttext a colorful sunset over the Cholla Cactus Garden illuminates the trail]

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