I've had the same thought, Sharon.
Living in the semi-desert, semi-steppe country has
its charms. There is an incredible native flora--the entire area is a
beautiful forest--two to ten feet tall. A good magnifying glass reveals
awesome beauty in the tiny flowers that sprout, grow and bloom in a matter of a
few weeks when moisture and temperature gradients cross paths.
Tumbleweeds are actually part of a very interesting
extended family of colorful and fragrant plants. The weeds themselves
are delightful to watch germinate and grow. The tiny germinating plants
are exquisite, then the stems of the growing adult are a mix of pink and green
in endlessly varying patterns.
Small rodents can find shelter under their
growth--for a time. No coyote of any intelligence will endure the stings
trying to go after them. Native delicate annual grasses find equal shelter under
the weed where no grazing animal will disturb them for the same reason.
They do serve a purpose.
I never knew how fragrant the area was until I had
been away for over a year, then returned. Halfway through Utah I caught a
trace of the fragrance, mostly the result of Artemisia tridentata (Great Grey
Sage). I was moved to tears. It's a wonderfully rich, sweet and
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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