This image has just won first place in the Beauty of Plants category of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. It was taken in New Mexico, USA, and the dunes really are white; silica, cool underfoot even in the 90 degree heat 90mph hot winds. The Indians use every part of the yucca plant, which has to grow tall and strong really quickly to outpace the fast-shifting dunes. I spotted this one at sunset, standing strong, seed pods empty. It had done it's job in that white wilderness.