“What a beautiful flower growing in the middle of the desert.” I was on a hike with friends in the Red Cliff Desert Reserve in St. George Utah, when I caught sight of this lovely flower. I took several photos and since it was a bit windy one friend even held a blossom still so I could photograph it better. A few days later I was visiting an art gallery and saw a reproduction of a painting by famous southwest artist Georgia O’Keefe. “That’s the same flower,” I said recognizing the flower I’d photographed in the desert.
Turns out it wasn’t a flower at all but the Jimson Weed, a plant that originated in Mexico but has now spread throughout the southwest and…… Georgia O’Keefe was just as enamored with the flowering plant as I was. She painted several different versions of it.
Kind of made me feel special to know I shared an artistic eye with someone like Georgia O’ Keefe.