Desert Fan

Desert Alluvial Fan, Between Liuyuanzhen and Hami, From Gansu Province into Xinjiang Autonomous Region, The People's Republic of China
Hoarding precious moisture

Tenacious flora on the floor
Perpetual winds in the sky

Until rare torrents fall
Tumbling down the mountainsides
Muddy brown and rocky

Vast fans
Of alluvial debris
Swept from crumbling mountains
To the rising valley floor

On the road
To Hami, Xinjiang Autonomous Region
From Liuyuanzhen, Gansu Province
The People’s Republic of China

Taken during travels, 1998

In response to A Word in Your Ear‘s A Word A Week Photography Challenge which, this week, is Arid.