Handsome Blazing Star
Seems that every trip to the Wichitas a visit to the Badlands is made. A rough place that is usually void of any plant life but to be given high marks in colorful and odd rock formations. On the edge of the trail leading down to the exposed and hot terrain of the barren land grew this purple colored flowering plant. Elise Smith's guide told me it was a Blazing Star!
With their flower making days behind them, these lonely seed pods were just soaking in the sun and drying their tiny seeds. Optimists with great faith. Next spring there will be more of us, our colors will be brighter!
One of the purposes of this walkaround was I had just read an old publication where the author related that after a rain small diamonds could be found on the surface of this parched, rough land. It had rained last night, and I had brought my sack!
Needless to say, there is no Diamond Necklace in anyone's future! But Who Knows? Maybe they are just laying there unseen and making seed in the sun. Next spring they will be larger, and the numbers will be many. I can see the Sparkle now!