The Joshua Tree


The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you … Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said, “Let the sun stop over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies.’ Joshua 10: 8–13

Oh such an eerie sky in vast dry landscape, yet the word I sensed was ‘abundance’. When Joshua’s army needed divine help, he commanded the sun and moon to stop, and the Lord complied. It was one of the Lord’s most extravagant actions. The eclipse represents the Lord honouring great faith. 

Although not found in the east, the Joshua Tree takes its name from Joshua with arms up-stretched in prayer. It is also an extremely extraordinary tree. It takes decades to mature, lives hundreds of years, and must survive harsh desert extremes. These specific high adaptations mean the Joshua Trees are an indicator species for the health of that ecosystem. The trees symbolise strength, endurance and beauty emerging from dysfunction. Their shape is sculptured by the direction of the wind. Individual branches only grow when there is stress on a branch and it splits to create its unusual form. In other words, stress creates the tree. In order to become beautiful, each tree experiences damage and must relinquish its past shape. Its existence is a triumph against nature. This story is echoed in relationships that have overcome trials, that become remarkable positive role models of triumph over adversity, that demonstrate great faith in their survival. 

With abundant winter rain, succulents bloom and the land is covered with a display of spring desert wildflowers. The abundance of blooms after adversity is the season of extravagant abundance. This is the season of reward and reaping the promise of faithfulness.

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Giclee Reproductions are printed with a 3cm white border.

‘The Joshua Tree’ has been selected from the book 40 Days hath November to be reproduced as Giclee prints. Technically speaking, our prints are not prints at all, not in the common use of the term, but are fine art reproductions of original works. The quality is so high that it is difficult to tell between the reproduction and the original. Giclee Reproductions are premium high-resolution digital images produced on museum quality, Canson 300-320gsm Cotton Rag (fine cotton fibres woven into a paper-like product) printed with archival Canon Lucia EX 12-colour pigment high-performance inks. Canon Lucia EX pigment inks achieve an “under glass” permanence of 95 years for colour images.

Giclee can be confusing, as many may incorrectly assume that all digital printing is equal. Essentially Giclee (pronounced ‘zhee-clay’) is an invented name from the French word ‘le gicleur’ meaning ‘to squirt’. Originally coined in 1991 to distinguish between common digital prints and the highest quality form of art reproductions using wide-format inkjet printing technology. In 30 years, this technology has advanced enormously, giving an even wider distinction between Giclee reproductions and digital prints. However, we still use the word ‘print’ so that we are easily understood.

Fine Art Giclee Reproductions should be framed behind glass, using a matte to separate them from the glass. Consult your local framer for the best way to frame your reproduction and ensure your artwork still looks amazing for 3 – 4 generations.

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Print 20 x 27cm, Print 30 x 40cm, Greeting Card 105mm x 148mm, Postcard 120mm x 120mm