The Desert Comes Alive

Random trail blossoms

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Who ever heard of a Monkey flower or a Blue-eyed Mary? Well, if you’re not already familiar with those tiny blossoms, they’re abounding in surrounding deserts and also taking root in sandy spots on our own properties.

I’m guilty countless times of passing by or stepping on such plants without noticing. Well, that’s not exactly true, because when a single little spot of color catches my eye, I often pause to look and wonder about it. The thing is, my mind usually is on my dogs, running loose, and I’m focusing on handling my stop-action camera to capture their activities. Also, my camera hasn’t a lens that effectively captures little bitty things close up, so I don’t look for tinys.

That is, until this week while hiking with Elaine (my visiting friend from Eastern Oregon) and our dogs. I noticed that Elaine often paused and used her cell phone to take close ups of miniscule objects. Wondering what she was seeing got me looking more closely at little things, and again noticing the intrigue of occasionally sighting a single, tiny and vivid red blossom on our trail or nearby.

Beside the path

For awhile, we’d been discussing the social impact of improved facial recognition software. That got us wondering if there exists an available plant recognition software. Back at home, I played around, downloaded an app, and went searching for tiny plants. I found a couple near my mailbox down by the street and rooted in sand. I had to bend very low to photograph them, and Voila! The app informed me that I’m host to a bitty bunch of Monkey flowers near an even-more bitty bunch of Blue-eyed Marys.

Monkey flower & Blue-eyed Marys

Suddenly, I realized that all those formerly stepped-on or ignored plants had names, were real things! “Yes,” said my friend while downloading the cool app, “the desert is more alive than many people realize.”

We visited a nearby, public mini-garden to photographed plants. Our app revealed each plant’s identity, its natural locations, the appropriate nurture and care for it, and included information about and pictures of its family relatives.

Dear Friends, this has changed my world, it’s bigger, more colorful, lots more fun. Diana

2 thoughts on “The Desert Comes Alive

  1. Great blog!

    On Sat, May 11, 2019 at 7:30 AM Diana’s Morning Blog wrote:

    > trailriderincentraloregon posted: ” Random trail blossoms Saturday, May > 11, 2019 Who ever heard of a Monkey flower or a Blue-eyed Mary? Well, if > you’re not already familiar with those tiny blossoms, they’re abounding in > surrounding deserts and also taking root in sandy spots on our o” >

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