A stand of Fairy Sword ferns create a mosaic alongside Slavin Gulch riparian area in the Dragoon mountains of Southeastern Arizona. This image was chosen as the Arizona Highways Magazine "Photo of the Day" for April 29, 2015.
One of the most common and beautiful of the desert ferns (yes, there are ferns in the desert...!), Fairy swords are found in areas with granitic tors or alongside boulders. They sometimes grow in rows or dense stands.