The spiny desert of southern Madagascar is a world unto itself. Ninety-five percent of its plants are found nowhere else—not even elsewhere in Madagascar. A waxy coating on its leaves helps this aloe minimize moisture loss. I kneeled down to silhouette it against a sunset sky reddened by dust from a volcanic eruption in the Philippines, 5,000 miles away. This image is featured in my exhibition, “Into Africa,” which will be on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History from July 1 through October 22, 2017. If you are in the Cleveland area, we invite you to visit the show.
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