National Geographic Photo Gallery – Tumbleweeds


Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

In California’s Central Valley tumbleweeds are ready to roll into an irrigated orchard, where their offspring will hog as much water as they can.

Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

Skeletons of Russian thistle, better known as tumbleweed, pile up in a yard in Lancaster, California.

Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

Two western icons: the towering cliffs of Monument Valley in Arizona and the lowly tumbleweed. The latter is an impostor, an opportunistic Eurasian species that sneaked into the country almost a century and a half ago.

Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

Once a weed is stopped by a barrier, like this abandoned car near the Great Salt Lake, it can seed a new infestation.

Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

Tumbleweeds thrive where they can get a foothold in loosened ground, like the vacant lot at the edge of a bankrupt subdivision in Wasco, California.

Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

Tumbleweeds have trouble taking root in cultivated lawns. An abandoned house near Lancaster is easy game.

Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

Each Christmas season a tumbleweed snowman, built by New Mexico’s Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority, rises along Interstate 40. At 13 feet, the 2012 snowman was the biggest yet.

Courtesy : National Geographic

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