The badlands of the American West is a harsh, unforgiving landscape, characterized by sunbaked clay and jagged rock formations. With minimal precipitation, the arid terrain usually features very little in the way of vegetation. In the spring, however, under certain conditions, a tiny bit of moisture can give birth to an explosion of colorful flowers, like these purple and yellow ones caught in Utah by photographer Guy Tal. “On rare years,” says Tal, describing his Good Badlands series of photos, “wildflowers burst into stunning display of color, transforming the desert into a veritable garden for just few precious days.”
Included among the swaths of color are the distinctive purple of the Scorpion Weed and the yellow Beeplant, whose bright hues stand out sharply against the greys and browns of the earth and rock.
You can view more of Tal’s badlands photos on his website.