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I love: omelettes, mysterious ethnobotanical pharmacognosy, gorgeous epigraphical and calligraphic symbolism, martial arts history, and zipper songs! Enjoy!!!

Love at First Sight

By |2020-08-06T15:49:20-08:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: TDC front, The dancing cat gallery|

Months before the first semester of law school started, I stayed in Fresno, California with my mom and brother. The neighborhood was generally very quiet. But one day, I distinctly heard meowing nearby. It wasn't our cat, I thought to myself. So [...]

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Design: Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa)

By |2020-08-06T15:49:20-08:00May 18th, 2019|Categories: Flower Design|Tags: , , , |

Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) is almost as ubiquitous as Creosote in the Colorado/Sonoran Desert. Their silvery leaves are instantly recognizable and, in the spring, fragrant golden yellow flowers emerge filling out the round, bushy plant. Encelia farinosa was an interesting flower design to [...]

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Ditaxis lanceolata

By |2020-08-06T15:49:21-08:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery|

Another little desert beauty: Ditaxis lanceolata. If you see a small plant with slender, lanceolate-shaped, hairy leaves, take a closer look. The flower is small and white and almost gets lost nestled in the fuzzy, white hairs. We usually find Ditaxis in [...]

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How to Take an Epsom Salt Bath

By |2020-08-06T15:49:21-08:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: How to, Selfcare, Stuff, TDC front|

Have you taken an epsom salt bath recently? Or ever? If not, you're in for a real treat! Epsom salt (i.e., magnesium sulfate), and epsom salt baths, have been around for centuries. Traditionally, people take an epsom salt bath to soothe sore, [...]

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Two Brilliant Star-shaped Gilias

By |2020-08-06T15:49:21-08:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery|

Gilias are some of my favorite flowers in the desert. They are so tiny and perfectly formed. I love looking at the blue anthers (what I called "pom-poms" for the longest time). I'm not sure what species of gilia this is, as [...]

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Little Bee

By |2020-08-06T15:49:22-08:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery|

This was originally published as The Princess and the Bee when we first photographed it. The Ghost Flower (Mohavea confertiflora) mimcs another flower, the Sand Blazing Star, to attract pollinators such as the Xeralictus bee, a native bee. Who needs to produce [...]

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Snapdragon (Antirrhinum filipes)

By |2020-08-06T15:49:22-08:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery|Tags: , |

This Snapdragon (Antirrhinum filipes) was a rare find! Found by our botanist friend, Colin, along the first loop of the Randall Henderson Trail at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument (that is quite the mouthful...). A beautiful and dainty [...]

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