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Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California

Seeking shepherd’s purse
in lands of desolation—
fruitless is the task.

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on January 23, 2015, in 5-7-5, Anza-Borrego Desert, California, Carpe Diem, Cholla cactus, Haiku My Heart, Recuerda Mi Corazon, Sky Watch Friday, Southern California and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. It looks wolly or fluffy but the harsh reality proves otherwise. The disguise of nature.

  2. You never know, perhaps the fruit is in the experience of vulnerability and receptivity?

  3. wooly and wonderful indeed !

  4. Looks toasty warm there. Excellent image.
    JM, Illinois

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Actually, it was pleasant: not too hot, and not too cold–just right! (But the sizzling days are coming!)

      On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 10:15 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  5. No Cacti jelly will be made from this.

  6. In the desert… I like traveling light, so purse needed. However, the fruit, takes me right to the heart of this journey…

  7. This image brings in so many thoughts. Absolutely stunning.

  8. am I right in presuming that’s shepherd’s purse is a plant? lovely scene.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Shepherd’s Purse is so called from the resemblance of the flat seed-pouches of the plant to an old-fashioned common leather purse. It is similarly called in France Bourse de pasteur, and in Germany *Hirtentasche*.

      The Irish name of ‘Clappedepouch’ was given in allusion to the begging of lepers, who stood at cross-roads with a bell or clapper, receiving their alms in a cup at the end of a long pole.

      It is a common weed of the Cruciferous order, said to be found all over the world and flourishing nearly the whole year round.

      A native of Europe, the plant has accompanied Europeans in all their migrations and established itself wherever they have settled to till the soil. In John Josselyn’s *Herbal*it is one of the plants named as unknown to the New World before the Pilgrim Fathers settled there.

      It will flourish and set seed in the poorest soil, though it may only attain the height of a few inches. In rich soil it luxuriates and grows to 2 feet in height.

      On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 1:16 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  9. profoundly beautiful.

  10. You will not find Sheperd’s Purse in the desert I think …

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