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There aren’t a ton of plants in the Bisti Badlands, and the starkness is part of what makes the area so otherworldly.  But when we visited the first week of April, I saw these small, sparkly plants that I’ve never seen before. 

There were hundreds of them growing in cracks in the mud, and at first glance they seemed almost metallic.  But when I took a closer look at the leaves, the texture was more like tiny jewels.