This is a section of the Fossil Falls in the Mojave Desert of California. The area was once part of a river system that brought water to the Los Angeles area. The tenacious flowers bear the brunt of the desert's summer's high temperature coupled with the searing heat from the surrounding boulders. The flowers intense colors provide "life" to the bleak and dark environment. Not only that, these hardy plants show us that attitude is important--they are not complaining; they just do whatever has to be done. Some "burnings" on the four corners of the image were done to boost the drama and heighten the color of the flowers. This is said to be a sacred place for the Native Americans. I believe it. Why? The energy of the place is very nurturing and calming. It reminds me of my native Mt. Banahaw in the Philippines.