Stop. Breathe. Bask in the blissful relaxation of sunset in Queen Valley. Feel better? Good.

A setting sun backlights the branching joshua trees, stunted desert scrub, and rounded hills in Joshua Tree National Park in California. It’s a welcome moment of pure tranquility in the bustle of holiday chaos.

Top image: Sunset at Queen Valley, Joshua Tree Park on November 4, 2015. Image credit: NPS/Brad Sutton

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