Joshua Tree–the Album and the National Park

It seemed fitting that scoring tickets to U2’s final U.S. performance of their Joshua Tree tour in San Diego would be the perfect segue to our visit to Joshua Tree National Park one day later. Their iconic album, filled with haunting melodies and provocative lyrics still resonates, even thirty years after its release. That the two events would collide seemed akin to kismet, providing inspiration for a mash-up of U2 music and National Park imagery.

The Joshua Tree concert and park were magical, and lingering memories of both events continue to sustain my creative drive.

Where the Streets Have No Name

main stage

pair of ocochilla
I’ll show you a place
High on a desert plain
Where the streets have no name


I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For


I have spoke with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of a devil
It was warm in the night
I was cold as a stone


With or Without You

all together in the middle

cacti and rock
See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side


Bullet the Blue Sky


fat rattler
In the locust wind
Comes a rattle and hum


Running to Stand Still

3 in the middle stage

7 towers
I see seven towers
But I only see one way out


Red Hill Mining Town

Turn off the lights

desert sunset
We scorch the earth
Set fire to the sky


In God’s Country

blue light

Barker Dam3
Desert sky, dream beneath the desert sky
The rivers run but soon run dry


Trip Through Your Wires

Edge and Bono

Desert Sky (2)
There’s a raincloud
In the desert sky
In the distance


One Tree Hill

Bono in a hat

blazing sunset
The moon is up and over One Tree Hill
We see the sun go down in your eyes




folded rocks
He felt the healing
Healing, healing, healing hands of love


Mother of the Disappeared

passing the sheet

White Tank
In the trees our sons stand naked
Through the walls our daughters cry

My thanks to Bono, The Edge, Adam, and Larry for decades of music artistry. And my apologies in advance for crossing the line with my literal and metaphoric interpretations.

18 thoughts on “Joshua Tree–the Album and the National Park

  1. Very inspired work guys, love the pairing of the pics and love the band. What a great last blog to check out for the night.

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  2. Great post!! U2 recently cancelled their show here in St Louis due to another unfortunate bout of unrest and protests after a white police officer was found not guilty in the shooting of a black heroine dealer. Can’t say as I blame the band for avoiding this crazy city! I feel so bad for the fans who missed out on what I’m sure would have been an amazing concert.
    Your pictures are wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. What a shame. Don’t know if cancellation was due in part to protest by the band or out of consideration to safety, or both. Whatever the reason(s), fans were definitely shortchanged. Like so many other parts of the country, Ferguson and St. Louis are in need of serious healing. I wish there was some semblance of leadership and moral authoity from our federal government that was more interested in bringing us together than sowing seeds of divisiveness. Thanks for your comment and compliments.

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