Game Changing Three Word Phrases

Can the utterance of just three words change the direction of your day, if not your life? Here are a few examples from a Twitter Account called @SoVeryBritish:

– You’ll be fine
– Just a trim
– How are you?
– A quick word
– Out of milk
– Might be fun
– Contact customer support
– Meet and greet
– You look well
– Honestly, you choose

I’d add these to the list:

– out of nutella
– internet is down
– battery is dead
– no toilet paper
– clean your room
– let’s get high
– I am pregnant

For Canadians who are going to go to the polls this fall, I came up with these three-word ‘it sounds good until things go wonky’ phrases:
– national carbon ‘pricing’
– ‘irregular’ border crossings
– budgets balance themselves

What would be on your list for three word game changing phrases?

Opinion Dressed Up in ‘News’ Clothes – Steven Pinker (Video)

The QuipperyWhat we used to call the ‘News‘ isn’t really news anymore, is it!? Often it is simply ‘Opinion‘ dressed up in its ‘news’ clothes… and there is so much of it. It is hard not to be overwhelmed with the volume of information that you might have to digest in order to make a decision about something.

This is why people switch to the default mode –  ‘Confirmation Bias’. It makes life so much simpler. You can simply choose to read opinions that support what you’ve come to believe, and ignore the rest.

Terry Pratchett calls this type of ‘news’ – ‘olds’:

In short, what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is olds… Not news but olds, telling people that what they think they already know is true.
– Terry Pratchett; from the novel The Truth –

Are you Stuck in the Olds?

There is a wealth of information on the internet that can help you to explore fact based arguments that might take you beyond where your bias has parked you. Unfortunately, you have to dig pretty deep sometimes to find the information that supports a narrative that opposes the politically ‘correct’ arguments of the day.

The News is Worse but the World is Better

In the video that follows, Steven Pinker, Author and Harvard Professor discusses the basic paradox – news today seems worse than ever – but based on a number of key metrics, the world is better than it’s ever been. Pinker explores the data and makes the case for how can we tackle the world’s problems while not drowning in negativity.

Let’s explore bias.

What controversial issue do you feel strongly about? Would you be willing to seek out information that contrasted with your belief?

 

Great-tailed Grackle

Arizona
Female Great-tailed Grackle
Arizona
Male Great-tailed Grackle

The Feather Files
Name Great-tailed Grackle
Species: Quiscalus mexicanus
Native to and Migration: Primarily resident throughout a North American range which includes the south-western United States and Mexico.
Date Seen: January 2013; February 2016; February 2019
Location: Fountain Hills Area, Arizona

Notes: Grackles thrive in human-altered landscapes. They are loud, social birds with a varied diet that includes both plant and animal material.
They are annoying at outdoor restaurants…

Flower, Plant and Gardening Quotations

The Quippery

A garden is never so good as it will be next year.
– Thomas Cooper –

A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.
– Michael Pollan –

A riot of variety within the rather formal plan; by August, the perennial beds look like blondes at the bar, spilling over their dresses.
– Nicole Eaton; Charles Oberdorf –

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
– Anais Nin –

As the poet said, ‘Only God can make a tree’ — probably because it’s so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
– Woody Allen –

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except learning how to grow in rows.
– Doug Larson –

Bulb: potential flower buried in Autumn, never to be seen again.
– Henry Beard –

Confucius say, A man should not create a garden larger than his wife can maintain.
– Author Unknown –

Confucius say: If you want to be happy for an hour, get drunk. If you want to be happy for a year, get married. If you want to be happy for a lifetime, become a gardener.
– Author Unknown –

Consider the many special delights a lawn affords: soft mattress for a creeping baby; worm hatchery for a robin; croquet or badminton court; baseball diamond; restful green perspectives leading the eye to a background of flower beds, shrubs, or hedge; green shadows – “This lawn, a carpet all alive/With shadows flung from leaves’ – as changing and as spellbinding as the waves of the sea, whether flecked with sunlight under trees of light foliage, like elm and locust, or deep, dark, solid shade, moving slowly as the tide, under maple and oak. This carpet!
– Katharine S. White, Onward and Upward in the Garden, 1979 –

Daffy-down-dilly is come to town,
In her yellow petticoat and green gown.
– Edith Holden –

Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree because you might get a wonderful view from the highest branch or you might simply get covered in sap and for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors where it is harder to get a splinter.
― Lemony Snicket, The Penultimate Peril –

Don’t be envious if the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. It’s also harder to cut.
– Bits & Pieces, Feb 1994 –

Essential advice for the gardener: grow peas of mind, lettuce be thankful, squash selfishness, turnip to help thy neighbor, and always make thyme for loved ones.
– Author Unknown –

Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.
– Bill Meyer –

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower –

Gardeners learn by trowel and error.
– Author Unknown –

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.
– Author Unknown –

Gardens are not made
By singing, “Oh how beautiful!”
and sitting in the shade.
– Rudyard Kipling –

Gardens are a form of autobiography.
– Sydney Eddison –

Has any gardening couple ever owned enough wheelbarrows? I’d love to know. And if they have, what is the number?
– Mirabel Osler –

I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error.
– Sara Stein, My Weeds –

I came from the earth, I’ll return to the earth and in between I’ll garden.
– Author Unknown –

If summer weekends are for rest and relaxation, how come they invented all that lawn-care equipment?
– Author Unknown –

If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers.
– Doug Larson –

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
– Alice Walker –

If you look closely at a tree you’ll notice it’s knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.
– Matthew Fox –

If you plant a tree, don’t keep pulling it up by the roots to see how it’s growing.
– Author Unknown –

If you think squash is a competitive activity, try flower arranging.
– Alan Bennett –

I like the me who talks to trees to let them know how well they are doing and how good they are looking. I like the me who wakes up in the morning feeling joyful that there is so much to do instead of burdened because there is so much to do.
– John Robert McFarland –

In old age, and having been sprained by the weight of snow over the decades, the hedges now wobble along, imperfect, but full of vegetable dignity…
– Description of Walmer Castle Hedges, Heritage Magazine Issue 48 –

I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
– Eleanor Roosevelt –

I suppose that for most people one of the darker joys of gardening is that once you’ve got started it’s not at all hard to find someone who knows a little bit less than you.
– Allen Lacy –

I should like to enjoy this summer flower by flower,
as if it were to be the last one for me.
– Andre Gide –

I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils.
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
– William Wordsworth –

I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
– Abraham Lincoln –

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
– Hal Borland –

Most people don’t see the sun, soil, bugs, seeds, plants, moon, water, clouds, and wind the way gardeners do.
– Jamie Jobb –

Old gardeners never die, they just go to seed.
– Author Unknown –

Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
By singing: “Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade,
While better men than we go out and start their working lives
At grubbing weeds from gravel paths with broken dinner-knives.
– Rudyard Kipling –

People are like your little plants, they’re always partial to the soil they were first grown in.
– Greg MacPherson –

Roses are red,
Violets are blue;
But they don’t get around
Like the dandelions do.
– Slim Acres –

Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.
– Alfred Austin –

so much depends upon
a red wheel barrow
glazed with rain water
beside the white chickens.
– William Carlos Williams –

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
– Bill Vaughn –

Sunflower, good mornin’, you sure do make it like a sunny day.
– Niel Diamond –

The ability of dandelions to tell the time is somewhat exaggerated, owing to the fact that there is always one seed that refuses to be blown off; the time usually turns out to be 37 o’clock.
– Miles Kington –

The guy who wrote “A job well done never needs doing again” has never weeded a garden.
– Author Unknown –

The lemon tree in the yard continues to blossom and bear fruit. I wonder if it’s a perennial, or if like me, it’s simply unable to differentiate between seasons.
– Robert Majamaa –

Then the zucchini started to arrive; first those lovely little delicacies, then the hefty meal-in-a-zucchini – the ones that can be stacked like cordwood or shipped off to the Guiness Book of World Records. At this point the neighbors finally realized that things were getting out of control. They had planted a 25 foot row.
– Harrowsmith #14, 1989 –

The pine stays green in winter… wisdom in hardship.
– Norman Douglas –

There are not too many fables about man’s misuse of sunflower seeds.
― Richard Brautigan, The Tokyo-Montana Express –

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.
– Aldo Leopold –

Was it a year of lives ago
We took the grasses in our hands
And caught the summer flying low
Over the waving meadow lands,
And held it there between our hands?
– Bliss Carman –

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
– A. A. Milne –

While we’re looking into the causes of prejudice, let’s find out what bulldozers have against trees.
– Lane Olinghouse –

With fronds like you, who needs anemones.
– Author Unknown –

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Oh no, it’s always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.
– Dorothy Parker –

Hairy Woodpecker

Blairmore Alberta

Blairmore Alberta

Calgary Alberta

The Feather Files
Name: Hairy Woodpecker
Species: Dryobates villosus
Native to and Migration: Hairy Woodpeckers are mostly year round residents throughout their range from Alaska to Mexico. Birds in higher elevations might move to a lower elevation for the winter.
Date Seen: October 2014; September 2016
Location: Blairmore Alberta, Airdrie Alberta

Notes: Hairy Woodpeckers chisel away at tree trunks to get at insects and to create a cavity for a nest. It is estimated that the breeding population is about 9 million birds with 44% living in the U.S., 52% in Canada, and 4% in Mexico.

Michael McIntyre- Man Drawer (Video)

The Man Drawer

The Car Guy has more than just a Man Drawer – he has a whole Man Cave!

Tupperware is forever.

I had the square cake container and the lid finally cracked when it was about 25 years old. I contacted a Tupperware person and they got me a replacement lid – for free.

Tupperware® brand products were introduced in 1946. The first Tupperware Home Party was held in 1948. By 1951, the Tupperware Home parties were working so well that all products were taken off store shelves.

Tupperware advises that Vintage Tupperware (made before March 2010) is not BPA-free so should not be used for food prep or storage. It is, however, up to individuals to assess whether BPA is as big a health risk as the media made it out to be.

Health Canada’s Food Directorate continues to conclude that current dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging uses is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and young children. This conclusion is consistent with those of other food regulatory agencies in other countries, including notably the United States, the European Union and Japan.
– Health Canada –

And What Are Plastics Made From? OIL!

Canada – 2018 was dominated by the Oil Pipeline Story. It continues in 2019 and the fall out could affect two elections this year. Alberta could turn their backs on the Left wing NDP party, while Canada may turf out the Left wing Liberals.

So to recap: Trudeau’s replacing the Minister who couldn’t get any pipelines built with the one who couldn’t get any infrastructure built, and replacing his former Trade Minister who couldn’t get any trade deals done with his former Natural Resources Minister who couldn’t get any pipelines built. That should make everything better, right??
– Conservative MP Blake Richards –

The issue is how to get Alberta’s Oil Sands product to market. Alberta wants to expand the capacity of existing pipelines and build new ones. They are not allowed to do this under today’s political climate. Until pipeline capacity is increased, oil is increasingly being transported by rail and truck, both of which are less environmentally friendly than a pipeline.

Environmentalists and activists, frequently funded by American money, have played a large role in blocking new pipelines. They have been highly effective in gathering public support and electing governments that support their anti-fossil fuel agendas. They live in a fantasy world…

Unfortunately, with two distinct functions in the economy, the misperception that more wind and solar (used for electricity) will displace oil (used for transport) feeds an ignorance that hinders sound energy policy.
– Jude Clemente, JTC Energy Research –

What would happen to the US today if the fossil fuel industry went on a strike of indefinite duration? What would happen if we gave the environmentalists what they want? Instead of nibbling around the edges, what if we just went all the way? What would be the consequences if Atlas shrugged?
What If Atlas Shrugged? By David Deming, February 7, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrapped up its $1.1 million cleanup of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camps on federal land in North Dakota, hauling away 835 dumpsters of remaining trash and debris. The site, once occupied by thousands of environmental demonstrators, is now vacant.
– The Washington Times –

Speaking of Fuel

Last fall, 20 combines and drivers  joined forces to harvest Brian Williams’ crop of durum wheat near Milestone, Sask. Williams died right as harvest was getting underway.

The World Record – a total of 303 combines were working all at once in a field of winter wheat south of Winkler in Manitoba in 2018.  This event raisies money for Children’s Camps International (CCI) through its Harvest for Kids event.

I bought an ant farm. I don’t know where I am going to get a tractor that small!
– Steven Wright –

Every Day is Nude Day with Nudinits

Mike Rowe: “I’ve just been informed it’s National Selfie Day. Something to think about…”
David Vitti “It’s also international “Hike Naked Day.” It really bothers me that these two days coincide…”

About a Frog

A lonely frog, desperate for some form of company telephoned the Psychic Hotline to find out what his future held. His Personal Psychic Advisor told him, “You are going to meet a beautiful young girl who will want to know everything about you.”
The frog was thrilled and said, “This is great! Where will I meet her, at work, at a party?”
“No” says the psychic, “in a Biology class.”

Experiences from ‘The Good Old Days’

Question: Name a struggle you had growing up that kids today will never understand. – Matt Whitlock –
Answer: Fixing a typo involved pushing back your typewriter a character, inserting the white-out strip, re-typing the wrong character to place the white, removing the whiteout, pushing back the typewriter a character and typing the new character. You did this for each wrong character. – Blair King –

Literary Perspectives

When finding a new word, I tend to look it up before reading the rest of the written work to gain a full understanding. ‘Incel’ was such a word. After finding the definition in the urban dictionary, I couldn’t find the ambition to read the rest.
– Harold Sleeper –

Well to be perfectly honest, in my humble opinion, of course without offending anyone who thinks differently from my point of view, but also by looking into this matter in a different perspective and without being condemning of one’s view’s and by trying to make it objectified, and by considering each and every one’s valid opinion, I honestly believe that I completely forgot what I was going to say.
– Daniel Zimmerman –

Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels. For example:

Knowing well the hand signals of his platoon leader, Private James Dawson silently dropped to the dirt, concealed and motionless for what seemed an eternity, a move that he had learned, coincidentally, from his parents whenever the Watchtower ladies would ring the doorbell.
– Peter S. Bjorkman, Rocklin, CA –

Insects and Other Invertebrates Quotations

Ant

The Quippery

Ants are healthy because they have little antibodies.
– WallingfordSign.com –

Ants can carry twenty times their own body weight. Which is useful information if you’re moving out and you need help getting a potato chip across town.
– Ron Darian –

Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time ants show up in the potato salad. The 8,800 known species of the family Formicidae make up from 10% to 15% of the world’s animal biomass, the total weight of all fauna. They are the most dominant social insect in the world, found almost everywhere except in the polar regions. Ants turn more soil than earthworms; they prune, weed and police most of the earth’s carrion. Among the most gregarious of creatures, they are equipped with a sophisticated chemical communications system. To appreciate the strength and speed of this pesky invertebrate, consider that a leaf cutter the size of a man could run repeated four-minute miles while carrying 750 lbs. of potato salad.
– R.Z. Sheppard –

I bought an ant farm. I don’t know where I am going to get a tractor that small!
– Steven Wright –

We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.
– Bill Vaughan –

Bee

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.
– Mary Kay Ash –

Bees shouldn’t be so nice and fuzzy.
– Cynthia Copeland Lewis –

To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee.
– William H. Walton –

Butterfly, Caterpillar

Even if you make a really nice place for it to live, with grass and dirt and a few rocks and sticks, the caterpillar will still spend all its time trying to get out of the jar.
– Cynthia Copeland Lewis –

Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today, I saw one. It got on at 42nd, and off at 59th, where, I assume it was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake – as almost all hats are.
– Nikolaus Laszlo, Nora Ephron, and Delia Ephron, You’ve Got Mail –

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
– Richard Buckminster Fuller –

True you’re a butterfly now, but you still think like a caterpillar.
– Shaun Murphy and Layton Fisher –

Ladybug

How brave a ladybug must be!
Each drop of rain is big as she.
Can you imagine what you’d do,
If raindrops fell as big as you?
– Aileen Fisher –

Ladybugs all dressed in red
Strolling through the flowerbed.
If I were tiny just like you
I’d creep among the flowers too!
– Maria Fleming

The Ladybug wears no disguises.
She is just what she advertises.
A speckled spectacle of spring,
A fashion statement on the wing….
A miniature orange kite.
A tiny dot-to-dot delight.
– Patrick Lewis, “The Little Buggers” –

The ladybug’s a beetle.
It’s shaped like a pea.
Its color is a bright red
With lots of spots to see.
Although the name is ladybug
Some ladybugs are men.
So why don’t we say “gentleman bug”
Every now and then?
– Author Unknown –

Mosquito

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
– Betty Reese –

If only mosquitoes sucked fat instead of blood.
– Author Unknown –

Mosquitoes remind us that we are not as high up the food chain as we think.
– Tom Wilson –

The mosquito is the state bird of New Jersey.
– Andy Warhol –

We’ve all known intimidation – one mosquito in a dark bedroom.
– Chan Harris –

Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
– Author Unknown –

Other

After the planet becomes theirs, many millions of years will have to pass before a beetle particularly loved by God, at the end of its calculations will find written on a sheet of paper in letters of fire that energy is equal to the mass multiplied by the square of the velocity of light. The new kings of the world will live tranquilly for a long time, confining themselves to devouring each other and being parasites among each other on a cottage industry scale.
– Primo Levi –

God in His wisdom made the fly
And then forgot to tell us why.
– Ogden Nash, “The Fly” –

Great fleas have little fleas
upon their backs to bite ’em
and little fleas have lesser fleas
and so ad infinitum.”
– DeMorgan, Budget of Paradoxes –

House, n. A hollow edifice erected for the habitation of man, rat, mouse, beetle, cockroach, fly, mosquito, flea, bacillus, and microbe.
– Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary –

Life is hard for insects. And don’t think mice are having any fun either.
– Woody Allen –

Some primal termite knocked on wood;
and tasted it, and found it good.
That is why your Cousin May
fell through the parlor floor today.
– Ogden Nash –

The Amazon rain forest has 2.5 million species of insects. That’s more bugs than iOS 7.
– Internet meme, c.2013 –

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
– Mark Twain, letter to George Bainton, 1888 –

The mortal enemies of man are not his fellows of another continent or race; they are the aspects of the physical world which limit or challenge his control, the disease germs that attack him and his domesticated plants and animals, and the insects that carry many of these germs as well as working notable direct injury. This is not the age of man, however great his superiority in size and intelligence; it is literally the age of insects.
— Warder Clyde Allee –

Though snails are exceedingly slow,
There is one thing I’d like to know.
If I out run ’em round the yard,
How come they beat me to the chard?
– Allen Klein –

To see every day how people get the name “genius” just as the wood-lice in the cellar the name “millipede”—not because they have that many feet, but because most people don’t want to count to 14—this has had the result that I don’t believe anyone any more without checking.
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg –

Two-legged creatures we are supposed to love as we love ourselves. The four-legged, also, can come to seem pretty important. But six legs are too many from the human standpoint.
– Joseph W. Krutch –

Spider

The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.
– Edwin Way Teal –

Seeing a spider in my room isn’t scary. It’s scary when it disappears.
– Author Unknown –

Under our floor,
Spider families.
Two worlds – an inch apart.
– Mike Garofalo, Cuttings –

Worm

Bait – Live Worms – Guaranteed to catch fish or die trying.
– Author Unknown –

I wish I were a glow worm,
A glow worm’s never glum.
‘Cuz how can you be grumpy
When the sun shines out your bum?
– Author Unknown –

Turkey Vulture

San Jose del Cabo Mexico

These Turkey Vultures were perched on a palm tree overlooking the business district in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. We were on a roof top patio, having dinner. We watched the vultures. The vultures watched us.

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

These Turkey Vultures were perched on cactus near a restaurant near San Jose del Cabo. We had lunch and watched the vultures. The vultures watched us.

ArizonaThree Turkey Vultures often flew over our community north of Fountain Hills Arizona. Sometimes they would swoop down and fly over our golf cart as we drove down the street. Other times they would circle overhead when I was out walking.

The Feather Files
Name: Turkey Vulture
Species: Cathartes aura
Native to and Migration: Turkey Vultures in the southern United States are year-round residents. Birds in the northeast migrate short distances south. Western birds migrate through Central America and in some cases as far as Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador.
Date Seen: Mexico, January 3, 2019; Arizona April 24, 2018
Location: San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico; North of Fountain Hills, Arizona

Red Poppies – Filters

How does the colour red make you feel?
Do you wear red clothes?
Do you decorate with red?
Do you drive a red car?
Do birds poop more on red cars than other colour cars?
Do you have red hair? (Apparently only about 2% of people are redheaded).
How many red flowers are in your garden? (I don’t have that many at the Red House. Tulips and poppies, mostly. At the Bland Beige House, I have Valentine’s bushes, bottlebrushes and fairy dusters.)

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Arizona Wild Flowers

Spring Wild Flowers in and near McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Arizona. The challenge in taking these photos was that I only had a camera with a zoom lens and it was a breezy day. In essence, I was trying to hold the camera still while zooming in on a moving target… while watching for snakes…

Arizona
McDowell Mountain Regional Park – Mexican Gold Poppies

McDowell Mountain Park is located northeast of Phoenix, Arizona in the Sonoran Desert. Elevations in the park rise to 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the base of the McDowell Mountains.

Arizona
Mexican Gold Poppy

Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana – California Poppy or Mexican Gold Poppy
Golden Yellow to Orange – four petal flowers with finely dissected bluish green leaves.

Arizona
Coulter’s Lupine

Lupinus sparsiflorus – Coulter’s Lupine
An Annual with violet blue pea-like flowers that spiral – hairy, upright flower spikes. The leaves are green and narrow.

Arizona
Indian Paintbrush or Purple Owl’s Clover

Arizona

Castilleja exserta – Exserted Indian Paintbrush or Purple Owl’s Clover
An Annual with magenta flowers that have a narrow, hairy, beak-like upper lip and a broader lower lip with 3 yellow-tipped pouches.

Arizona
Brittlebush

Encelia farinosa – Brittlebush
A Perennial, Deciduous shrub with yellow flowers in branched clusters. The leaves are alternate, woolly, grayish in color, and oval to triangle-shaped. Brittlebush is valuable for rehabilitating low maintenance landscapes, critical stabilization areas, and disturbed areas such as those that have been burned.

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Gordon’s Bladderpod

Lesquerella gordonii – Gordon’s Bladderpod
In rainy years, this spring wildflower can carpet the ground with yellow flowers. The flowers have 4 rounded petals. The leaves are grayish green and covered with fuzzy hair.

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.
– Milton Friedman –

Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!
– Golda Meir –

I bought a cactus. A week later it died. And I got depressed, because I thought, Damn. I am less nurturing than a desert.
– Demetri Martin –