Morning Light, Green-Flowered Macromeria, X Diamond Ranch, AZ
16×20 oil on canvas
This was a special discovery for me. Although I walked the area several times, I did not spot this beauty until the last morning of our stay at X Diamond Ranch. The soft green leaves and flowers were gently swaying in the breeze along the Little Colorado River near Greer Arizona. Part of the forget-me-not family of flowers, this plant and its flowers were dried and mixed with wild tobacco for Hopi rain bringing ceremonies. Arizona always needs rain, and ironically, as I executed the last strokes on the canvas, rain clouds were growing heavy over the White Mountains.
Inspired by the wild flowers of the White Mountains, Arizona, after the recovery of the Wallow Fire, 2011 that burned 538,049 acres.
Part of the “Colors of White” series, a special series for Arizona Highways.
copyright 2021 Dyana Hesson