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Red Flowers in a Granite Crease

Joshua Tree National Park, California

As a biologist, I'm always fascinated by the tenacity of life.  These flowers have managed to find a foothold in a small crease in a granite rock where they can find enough nutrients and water to survive.  I've been back to this location several times to photograph them with film, but they bloom only for a short time in January, and I haven't yet been able to again find that window in time when they are in bloom. Photo © copyright by Stephen Penland.

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