Our big mistake yesterday morning was that we didn’t go deep enough into Borrego Palm canyon to shoot. We discovered when we hiked up the canyon yesterday that we were missing the best flowers. We rose way before dawn, scrambled the extra half-mile up the dry washes, and found some great spots. This particular rock jumped out at me yesterday on our hike and I was determined to find it this morning.
You are looking at Brittlebush clustered around a big rock washed down from the mountains during a flash flood. The rusty color on the rock is caused by bacteria growing over thousands of years – and depositing iron & clay in its wake.
Vital Stats: Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon 17-40mm f/4L @ 22mm w/B+W MRC Circular Polarizer. ISO 800, f/11, 1/25 sec.