Day 41 - Flower Power

Beauty takes many forms and I've been astounded by the variety out here in the desert.

Even the driest sections have harbored a kaleidoscopic array of seemingly stationary life forms.

I finally put my nose up to one of these, mmm... 

I finally put my nose up to one of these, mmm... 

After watching the documentary "Botany of Desire," my perception of plant life was radically altered and I continue to have mad respect for these creative forms of life.

Every time I see something orange out here, I think of my friend and drummer, Zach, who coined the term "Zach Orange" back in the day. This flower is fairly close to that particular hue.

Every time I see something orange out here, I think of my friend and drummer, Zach, who coined the term "Zach Orange" back in the day. This flower is fairly close to that particular hue.

The power of a flower to pause the track playing in my mind is something  I hold gratitude for, and the often intoxicating scent that accompanies many of these beauties is capable of overwhelming even the most persistent thought, transporting me gracefully back to what is real and now.

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A man cannot survive on pop tarts alone. 

Even the blessed poodle dog bush holds a special place in my heart, just not in my hand. 

Even the blessed poodle dog bush holds a special place in my heart, just not in my hand. 

Imagine how big flowers must seem to me. How lucky am I?! 

Imagine how big flowers must seem to me. How lucky am I?! 

Best Buds.

Best Buds.

Preparing to spread their wings and fly. 

Preparing to spread their wings and fly. 

When I reached a ridge line, I found many of my beloved ponderosa pine trees.

One of the best scents my nose has ever known. 

One of the best scents my nose has ever known. 

Ferdinand agreed.

Ferdinand agreed.

It was a surprisingly green day on this dry desert section of trail. 

It was a surprisingly green day on this dry desert section of trail. 

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But at the end of the day, it wasn't just a treat for my eyes and nose, my ears received a gift from nature as well:  

 http://youtu.be/r_QLZX1vFoQ

<3 Will