I spent 7 of the first 9 years of my life living in New Mexico with my family before moving to the Midwest the summer before third grade. Once in Illinois, one of my school projects involved researching a state in the United States. I chose to study New Mexico. It is then that I learned that the yucca plant is their state flower. Ever since then, whenever I see a yucca plant, I am reminded of my early childhood home.
Though I've been a Texas transplant going on 20 years now, when I saw these yucca plants on our recent drive through Big Bend, my heart was all aflutter. I just knew I had to get out the macro lens and see what I could create. The yucca may not be my favorite of all flowers, but this particular desert plant will always hold a special place in my heart.