The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, a few miles south of the Las Vegas Valley in Southern Nevada, is a unique desert canyon in a variety of ways. As the name suggests, the entire north side of the basin consists of rusty-red sedimentary rock formations among sandstone peaks and mountainsides that were thrust upward through the ancient ocean floor over eons of time. Besides an interesting and colorful view, the valley supports a combination of rocks, minerals and plants somewhat unique to the area, including this Fremont's Indigo Bush I found during one of my excursions on the 13-mile loop around the canyon.
The Fremont's Indigo Bush, AKA Fremont's dalea, is one of the more alluring wildflowers, with its gray or white woody stems and bright blue-violet blooms. Interestingly, it is a member of the pea family that can be found growing in desert sand or gravel-filled washes.
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Jack Huber has taken thousands of photographs around the country and in his foreign travels.