Another plant common in southern Texas is the agave, known as tequila or blue agave. Technically it is an “agave tequilana” although in Texas it may be better known as a blue agave since Mexico has claimed exclusive international rights to the word “tequila” and even stipulates which regions of the country the liquor may be made.
The plant grows at high altitudes in sandy soil (no wonder there are so many in Big Bend National Park) and has fleshy spiky leaves that can be up to 5 or 6 feet long.
I am trying to find some more of these to photograph in my travels. Due to the long drought in Texas, half of the plants and cactuses in Big Bend were dead! It was still a beautiful place, but so dry even a cactus has a hard time growing. It was difficult to find any suitable candidates for photography. But I am keeping my eye out for more because I think there is good potential for some abstract images of the leaves and spikes.