Narrow Leaf Yucca Light

Narrow Leaf Yucca, Yavapai County, Arizona

Yucca light: I positioned myself so that the afternoon sunlight was behind the solitary cluster-plant growing alongside the ranch road. The dense cluster of vertical dark green blades  bounced the light, illuminating shaded areas with a soft glow, the more direct rays setting gently curving edges alight.

Then there were the wispy, curly fibers. Spiraling, wandering fiber optics of white threads. Tangled? No, just wandering. Decorative? Why would they be? A more useful purpose would be to help capture moisture. Rain, dew, snow: direct it downward toward the roots instead of letting it drift on by. Desert adaptation. Smart.

A world of wonder merely by sticking my face in close for a look around in its world.

Photo location: Lonesome Valley, Yavapai County, Arizona.


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