The white-bract blazing star hides behind several aliases: ku-u and sand blazing star. Although by any name they look as if they’d be more at home in rainier climates, they’re native to the Mojave and Sonoran deserts as well as other places in Nevada, Arizona, and Baja California. But they, along with all the other vegetation, looked quite happy about all the moisture they’d had in the weeks prior to my visit. In common with some people, they aren’t as flashy as those around them but up close have a delicate beauty, although all flowers here are anything but delicate.

“A flower blooming in the desert proves to the world that adversity, no matter how great, can be overcome.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

“Simplicity is the heart of everything. If you look at the desert, apparently the desert is very simple but it’s full of life, it’s full of hidden places and the beauty is that it looks simple but it’s complex in the way that it expresses the soul of the world or God.” – Paulo Coelho

  1. billgncs says:

    flowers in the stark desert, hope in stark times

  2. Ju-Lyn says:

    Great Coelho quote to pair with your very pretty blooms.

  3. beth says:

    pretty flowers admit the dry

  4. Ddiaso says:

    The beautiful desert flowers remind me of God’s love for us and his creativity. He could have just made everything grey, but so many colors and often in unusual places.

    • He certainly does amazing work, doesn’t He? I wonder how different things were before sin entered the picture. I guess just as beautiful but no downside.

  5. How delicate they look! That’s a beautiful bouquet you found.

  6. Wind Kisses says:

    Pretty picture ,yes, and the quotes are right on. Not sure people realize what a treat this bloom really is.