Each of these photos were taken in the Spring Mountains at an elevation of around 8000 feet. I used a wide-angle 10-20mm, an 18-55mm and a 70-300mm zoom for these photos. In one or more of these photos, you can see what appear to be lines or bumps at the top of the photo
These are the mountain slopes on the other side of the valley, many many miles away. On the desert floor far below, you can see the sand in a dried up lake bed which are common around the Mojave Desert.
Other mountains much closer to the camera still appear very large. When I first moved to the desert some years ago, it became quickly obvious that I was not familiar with judging distances here. It’s nothing like back in Michigan where you have trees, tiny hills and such which made it easier (for me) to judge distances.
The span in between many of these Island Mountain Ranges is massive. The Spring Mountains are what is called an Island Mountain range, surrounded by vast open spaces of differing types of plants and animals, each uniquely adapted to a specific environment such as our beautiful Joshua Trees.