September 20, 2014

Joshua Tree, California

Photograph by Justin Jung, National Geographic Your Shot

The sun's last rays of the day bathe a hiker in a golden glow at Joshua Tree National Park in California. Not everyone is a fan of the park's namesake tree, which got its name from Mormon settlers who thought the branches resembled biblical figure Joseph and his outstretched arms, guiding them westward. They are the "most repulsive tree in the vegetable kingdom," said Capt. John C. Frémont in 1844.

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