Now, the landscape has turned to the color of straw as the plants have withdrawn into root and tuber, or have passed on their seed, and in turn have withered returning to the soil and source.
However, there are a few who have found ways to overcome this great desiccation.
This tiny plant is spreading across the surface of the cracked and dried earth, as though there was water in abundance.
Up close, one can see the leaves are covered in a soft glacous down preventing deadly water loss.
While under the baked and hard ground, the long tap root reaches down for 20 feet to search for the last of the winter’s rainfall.
This heat lover also hugs the earth so closely that it traps whatever water is in the air in that smallest of gaps, and in turn these succulent leaves help to store the precious life giving water against even harder times to come.
A miracle of evolution, it bucks the trend and chooses to flower during the great July suns. She is a masterpiece of water conservation and a tale of resilience in the face of the harshest of summers.
The ineffable spark of life will always find a way with help from the bounty of the Great Mother.
Photo: Heliotropium europaeum by the Almodovar. Courtesy of the author.