These Joshua trees were spotted by a photographer who was en route to the Grand Canyon. These trees are native to the North American Southwest. They are most common in the Mojave Desert — that long, hot stretch of sand where temperatures often soar to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. These would have been some of the first trees that pioneers encountered as they rolled into the West. Can you imagine seeing these weird trees after traveling 2,000-plus miles through disease, death and strife? They would not have provided much comfort to the new arrivals.