Pictured here is an example of a succulent in the genus Echeveria that I photographed on a recent trip to Fredericksburg, Texas. The town is a very interesting place with a main street that has lots of interesting shops located in historical limestone buildings.
Naturally, I was more interested in the beautiful planters and the menagerie of plant life that graced the store fronts. I highly recommend a visit to this town if you are in the vicinity, it is worth a look, and not only for the plants.
In this image which is a wider shot of the previous image, you can see the larger parent plant surrounded by its offspring, the smaller plants nearest to it. Some folks call the arrangement hen and chicks. You start with one, and wind up with many.
I like succulents. They are adapted to resist dry environments, and to me, they represent another marvelous example of the way nature shapes the characteristics of living things. You can read more about them at Wikipedia and see a wonderful collection of the varieties you can add to your garden at the World of Succulents website.