All around us, insects hummed , traveling from flower to flower, sometimes looking a bit drunk on the sweet nectar of so many blossoms open all at once. I ran from bush to tree to herb, exclaiming under my breath and trying to key things out in my field guide while looking at six flowers at once!
Monkshood, Aconitum columbianum
I was particularly excited to see dozens upon dozens of this plant in flower. Monkshood is one of my absolute favorite wildflowers. Both medicinal and poisonous, it’s also incredibly gorgeous with it’s deep blue to purple flowers and finely waxed leaves. I don’t see it terribly often in many of the mountain meadows I visit, and I was ecstatic to find so many here. I think I took nearly a hundred photographs of just this one species!
Wild Onion, Allium geyeri, inflorescence
In fat patches on the riverbank I found an incredible wealth of one of our local Wild Onion species, which, besides being absolutely delicious, is also drop dead gorgeous. Like the ferns, getting closeup allows us to see the detail and nuance of the inflorescence just getting ready to open into many small flowers. I would very much like a gown made of this color and texture, perfect for a Faery ball on a Summer’s night!
Campsite in the White Mountains of Arizona
At the end of the day, Wolf and I made camp on a canyon rim that wound far above the Little Colorado River. From there, we watched the sun sink into the Western sky, and light the Ponderosas and Douglas Firs up in a radiant golden light. Redroot flowers glowed ghostly white in the shadows and the shiver of Aspen leaves brought the evening in with their elven song.
We returned to the canyon next morning full of inspirations and ideas after a long conversation on the drive home. Wolf set to work creating this gorgeous logo for my new little shop of botanical creations, The Bramble & The Rose , where I’m selling my bioregional incense and botanical perfumes.
Wolf and I also discussed some very important upcoming news that we’ll soon be sharing about the Herbal Resurgence Rendezvous !~Also, a quick reminder for all our Plant Healer writers, the deadline is July 1st for the Autumn issue, so be sure to send in your submissions soon!~