Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Mormons named these Yucca palms Joshua Trees. Joshua, who led the Jews into Canaan after Moses died, would pray with arms outstretched to heaven. I moved through a cut just before sunrise, into a small desert island surrounded by rock. Though the higher points and peaks began catching the sunrise, I would be in the softer light for awhile. I stood behind these trees as if behind a sculpture, the distant rock like the Walls of Jericho, the trees like children of the promised land, praying for guidance to bring them down.