On the shores of the Colorado River, deep in the canyons of Horseshoe Bend, I found this beautiful study of flora growth in the desert. The shorelines in this photograph are on the northern portion of the bend and receive more sun than the southern shores. The intensity of the sun and lack of rain in the area limits plant life to the very edges of the river. To the south, up against the canyon wall is a more expansive growth of flora. Watch for the next post with the southern part of the bend.