Blue Dick and Grass, Weavers Needle in View, Superior, AZ
20×20 oil on canvas
If you’ve seen my painting “Superior Architecture” of Picketpost Mountain, and you could imagine your boots on the ground there, this would be your view if you turned around.
I love the grassy landscape in this location. And, in March, it is riddled with a wild hyacinth commonly called blue dicks. The flowers are such a pretty pop of purple-blue in a sea of buff and greens grasses. The corms (bulbs) of these plants were an important starch source for native people throughout the Southwest. Gathering would be a family affair, and the same area harvested year after year. These wild plants thrive in disturbed and post-fire environments.
In the distance you might notice a significant landmark in the Superstition Mountains, Weaver’s Needle. If you don’t know it, I’ll let you look that one up.
For now, just sit on the hillside with me. The sun will be setting soon.