I'll admit that I'm cheating. I'm using an image I took on a previous visit to Death Valley for this week's Foto Finish. I had intended to post desert holly growing in a wash, but it was a boring shot. And so I decided to dig into the archives for an image I took several years ago.
This little plant was growing out of solid rock in the Mosaic Canyon region of Death Valley where we were hiking a few years ago. This hike was especially fun because our hiking book had advised us that we would feel as if we'd come to the end of the trail, but also encouraged us to climb up a little farther to find a continuation of the trail. We did that, sometimes needing to be pretty creative to get to the next level, and we ended up making a really long and interesting hike. I recall this image in particular because there was a National Parks photography contest going on throughout the year, and one of the categories was "Against All Odds." With that in mind, I was keeping my eye out for just this kind of image. I didn't end up entering the photography contest, however, because I'd given up on them by the time the deadline came around.
Just because I want you to see where the desert holly (scroll to the bottom of this link) is growing, here's the shot I took in 20 Mule Team Canyon showing it growing in a wash. How it survives under such terrible conditions, I can't even begin to imagine; and why it doesn't just wash away with the flash floods that are notorious in Death Valley is a mystery to me.
I'll be curious to see what you came up with for this topic. Use your imagination. There are lots of ways to interpret this theme.
And for next week's theme, I thought I'd remember that wonderful medium that gave us such "nice bright colors":
which is now, sadly, a thing of the past. I was never much into film photography, but I still am sorry to see its demise.
Now here's Mr. Linky.