LESSONS FROM THE CREOSOTE BUSH
As a kid growing up in a village in England, I learned about plants from my everyday life and the people around me. We were surrounded by farms; we grew a lot of our own fruit and vegetables; I learned at a young age which wild berries were safe to eat and which to avoid; and if I accidentally brushed by some stinging nettles, I used a dock leaf to relieve the sting.
One of the most unexpected joys I’ve experienced living in the desert is the opportunity to reconnect with plants, and one of the desert plants that has most caught my attention is the resilient, widespread, and beloved creosote bush. After observing and drawing it for a couple of years, I then started learning about its many extraordinary properties, and in November 2019 I completed a set of cards about what this plant has taught me about survival - in the desert and more generally.
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