Joshua Tree National Park
My wife and I went there this past weekend. It's a wonderful place, although the crowds would probably keep me from going back.
A Google search revealed that the second shot is a common composition. The scene is in a heavily visited spot and this is about the only way to shoot these features, so I'm not surprised. That's one of the things I don't like about photographing Famous Places. No one else appears to have shot this composition in the rain, though.
Criticism is always welcome.