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Blooming Yucca, Bisti Badlands.  Northwestern New Mexico’s Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a place of otherworldly, arid, desolate beauty.  It’s rightly known for a dramatic, alien-looking landscape with hoodoos, ridges, arches, and side canyons punctuated by occasional petrified logs.  It’s not the kind of place where a nature photographer would go looking for spring flowers.<br />
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But after an unusually wet winter and spring, this solitary little yucca would beg to differ.<br />
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Tech info: Nikon D850 camera with Nikon 28-300mm lens at 82mm, 1/800 sec. at f/16, ISO 500<br />
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Image ©2023 James D. Peterson