Thursday, October 20, 2005


A brief blooming: the moonflower

Canyonlands, Utah, originally uploaded by Bitterroot.

Here is a moonflower, a cousin to the morninglory, growing wild in the Utah desert. Each flower opens once only and unfurls its beauty in the late afternoon or early evening, to bloom all night. On a hike in the Canyonlands, the soft delicacy of this ephemeral flower against the unyielding, timeless rock made a lovely vignette by the side of the trail.

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