01 May 2011

The Sunday Creative: Rock

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) in rock, Magdalena Mtns., New Mexico, April 2011

This week's Sunday Creative theme is "rock," and I happen to have some nice rock images on hand from my Friday hike in the beautiful Water Canyon area of the Magdalena Mountains. The image above shows a deceptively soft-looking mullein sprouting from a shallow crack in a sheer rock face, illustrating this plant's toughness and adaptability. Mullein grows abundantly throughout New Mexico, even in the poorest of soils and the driest of seasons, and has long been used medicinally for coughs, eczema and other skin conditions, and bacterial infections. It only grows in sunlight, so of course it thrives here. Also growing in this canyon's granite/limestone/volcanic rock walls are claret cup cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus, shown in the photo below), Apache Plume (Fallugia paradoxa, just beginning to leaf out), nonpoisonous sumacs (Rhus trilobata and R. microphylla), junipers and pinon trees, and willows bearing neon spring-green leaves to brighten up the dry brown landscape.

Rock with lichens, claret cup cactus, and grasses, Magdalena Mtns., NM, April 2011

I love how visible rock is out here; the giant, tumbled slabs and boulders and protuberances of this landscape remind me that nothing is permanent, even the very ground we stand and live on.

Willows and sumacs tumbling down a rock slope, Magdalena Mtns., NM, April 2011

8 comments:

Life with Kaishon said...

The world is filled with so many beautiful things! What glorious images!

Joan said...

Great photos!

jan ~ tomatobaby said...

Anna ... it is a paradox ... i find your shot(s) sparking a bit of homesickness in missing the southwest. i also like your comment that your creativity takes over your office space. thank you for popping over to tomatobaby. keep shooting ~j.

Dyche Designs said...

Love those images, isn't mother nature just the best.

Jenni said...

I love how you are showing us all a liitle bit of the beauty in your part of the world. Its great that the photos are all so wonderful too!.
jenni

Leanne said...

Beautiful. I love that first shot.

married2mydreamman said...

Lovely shoots

Ms. Pony said...

Beautiful! Its amazing how life can grow straight out of rocks like that...