I found and photographed a couple of these beautiful blooming plants this morning – this is a real treat as it takes some 20 to 40 years, if not more, before this plant blooms and then dies. A new plant then begins to grow from the periphery and the process begins all over. So as you can imagine, there are very few of these plants in bloom in any given spring – so it is a real treat to find one! I have located a couple – this one is in Yaqui Pass, the other in San Felipe Canyon.
It was pretty stormy this morning – I like to think of this weather as a high variance photo opportunity, this is especially true in the desert. What I mean by that is stormy weather greatly increases the chance for amazing light and unique atmospheric conditions, the kind of conditions that can lead to wonderful photo opportunities. But, bad weather also greatly increases the chance of coming away with nothing!
I was reminded of that today. At my first stop, the agave in San Felipe Canyon, I was greeted by hard wind and rain and came away with nothing. On my second stop, I found calm wind and the beautiful defused light you see here. At one point I even had a brief rainbow!