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.