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If the weather is right, this arid Utah desert bursts into spectacular colour

In the South and East areas of the vast State of Utah lie sprawling national parks, cliffs and deserts that are devoid of any plant life save a few moisture grabbing shrubs. Largely known as The Badlands, this region barely seems to belong on planet Earth, seeming more like a vista from Mars.

Once a year, however, as long as the weather conditions are just right, this arid stone-scape bursts into life with sweeping fields of Scorpion Weed, Beeplant at the flowers of the Pincushion Cacti. Swathes of yellow and the distinctive purple of the Scorpion Weed battle with the grey and brown tones of the earth and rock. Indicative of the harsh quality of The Badlands, despite being an attractive bloom, the flower of the Scorpion Weed will leave a nasty stinging rash if touched.

Photographer created a series several years ago that documented this glorious change, entitled The Good Badlands. Photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 11 are from this series.

Via Reddit

The Good Badlands by Guy Tal
The Good Badlands by Guy Tal
The Good Badlands by Guy Tal
The Good Badlands by Guy Tal
The Good Badlands by Guy Tal
The alien landscapes of Utah
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The Good Badlands by Guy Tal
The alien landscape of Southern Utah at sunset
The arid area of southern Utah in bloom
The Good Badlands by Guy Tal
The arid area of southern Utah in bloom
The alien landscape of Southern Utah at sunset
Towers of the Virgin, Zion Canyon

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Milo Sumner is a day-dreamer, living and breathing in London. When feeling low, he tends to cut loose and chase after dogs in the park. Otherwise he can usually be found pondering what to have for lunch.

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