Desert Growth - Canyonlands, National Park, Utah

It always amazes me how trees survive growing out of rocks in the desert. Think about what this tree (I believe it is a Utah Juniper) has to endure: the searing hot sun of the desert during the day coupled with the very cold chill of the desert night. Add to that the dryness of the desert and extremely strong winds. It is a wonder how they survive growing right out of the rocks. They clearly are the ultimate survivors.