Eternal Flowers

I don't know the botanical name of this pale yellow specimen, so I'll dub it the Jaundice Flower.
I don’t know the botanical name of this pale yellow specimen, so I’ll dub it the “Jaundice Flower”.

We think of their lives as brief. But who knows? Maybe to these desert wildflowers, they are eternal.

I'll call this one, "Faded Bluejeans".
I’ll call this faded blue flower, “Year-Old Levis”.

What if they reincarnate as flowers, over and over, with each life flowing into the next as if it were one?

This is actually called the "Paperbag Bush" Really. No foolin'. It produces little bag-like pods with seeds in them, that rattle around. Then the wind blows the pods all over the desert like so much litter.
This is called the “Paperbag Bush”. Really. No foolin’. It produces little bag-like pods with seeds in them, that rattle around. Then the wind blows the pods all over the desert floor like so much litter.

I don’t see how there can be any life without change, and so neither we nor desert wildflowers can bloom forever.

I call this beauty, the "Purple People Eater". It must be well fed, because there were no purple people anywhere to be seen.
I call this beauty, the “Purple People Eater”. It must be well fed, because there were no purple people anywhere to be seen.

It seems to me that there has to be a repeated cycle of budding, blooming, and wilting.

I know the name of this one. It's a Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia. Chia was the native food plant of the autochthonous tribes that wandered these lands a little over 100 years ago.
I know the name of this one. It’s a Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia. Chia was the native food plant of the autochthonous tribes that wandered these lands a little over a hundred years ago.

Seasons must pass and the wind must blow. The moon must observe its phases. And our lives must wax and wane from one new experience to another.

Chia seeds. Tiny but tasty. And very high in calories.
Chia seeds. Tiny but tasty. And very high in calories.

I like to compare our lives to the desert flowers in the Springtime. We bloom with our own special colors, then wilt, rest, and reseed. Who knows what color our blooms will be next Spring?

I call these "Beauty Salon" flowers. They look sort of like the permanents my beautician wife gives her customers.
I call these “Beauty Salon” flowers. They look sort of like the permanents my beautician wife gives her customers.

I like the idea of being different with each new life. Because isn’t change the thing that makes life eternal?

Maybe these should be called "Beauty Salon" flowers also.
Maybe these should be called “Beauty Salon” flowers also.

Happy May Day!

Happy May Day!
Happy May Day!
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4 thoughts on “Eternal Flowers

    1. Thanks. There really is. From what I’ve read, deserts have as much variety of plant life as tropical rainforests. However, the plants are a lot smaller and harder to find.

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