These are the remaining photographs for the ocotillo series. As Al pointed out in the comments in the first entry, the leaves of ocotillo are temporary. They appear a few days after a rainfall and will drop when dry conditions resume – a cycle that can occur ten or more times in a year. Al also mentioned that the stems of Fouquieria splendens contain chlorophyll. This allows the plant to continue photosynthesis at a suboptimal rate when leaves are absent.
The angular white streaks in two of the photographs are courtesy of raindrops. Instead of getting the camera equipment wet in the rainfall, I snapped these images from the shelter of the car. Lazy photography, I suppose.
Photography resource link: for inspiration, the photography of Guy Tal. In addition to exceptional photo galleries, the site also Guy’s thoughtful weblog.