The views of California summer road trips can mesmerize passersby with visions of golden rolling hills of shorn grass skins that make them look like sleeping lions, hundred year old stoic oak trees and wild mustard plants that dance in the wind with cheery summer yellow. The weather may simmer but the views beckon those who gaze to follow them to a world imagined best when seen in glimpses from a fast moving car.
These are the hippies waving at the children who pass, bored, in their station wagons. These are the believers in quenching thirst with dew at dawn and fog at night. These are the plants who herald the power of happiness and optimism found in simple moments. These are the spreaders of good cheer no matter how dismal the day. These are the friends of travelers, good company on the journey.
There is magic in the strength of a fragile looking dainty plant that can brave the elements, in fact, embrace the elements in order to celebrate and dance in the sunshine! These are the yellow topped weeds, wild mustard, who defy the heat and shadeless roadscapes to offer glimpses of whimsy and fairy tale wishes to all who drive by.
These are the flowers that promise there may be golden treasure in their midst if only someone would stop the car and allow you to run free through a field of them! Perhaps you might disappear into true love if you were to lie down with your chosen one among them. This is a lovely summer weed with so much to offer, and it asks for absolutely nothing in return. What joy!
Please come back tomorrow for a new “Weed Image of the Day” and let me know which ones you like.
We and our weeds are so much more than what we first appear to be.
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