3.250 x 2.750 inches
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Buffalo Bur Flower From Snowy Range Life
Relief - Bronze
For more information about the limited edition bronze sculpture, please click the Contact button. BUFFALO BUR FLOWER: When I first saw this yellow flower growing in the middle of the two-track leading to my family's log cabin, I thought it so rare and intriguing that I quickly ran for my sketchbook. Later, when she found it in a field guide, it surprised me to learn that the buffalo-bur (Solanum rostratum) is considered a common weed. A native annual, it grows to two feet high, also a surprise since the individual I found and drew was only six inches high. The buffalo-bur plant is a member of the Potato Family, which also includes eggplant, chili and bell peppers, tomato, petunia, tobacco, and the deadly nightshade. Though I had never seen it before, I read that "buffalo-bur is widely distributed in the western US and is common on wastelands and prairies."
The word "wasteland" is often used by tourists who drive across Wyoming's vast stretches of sagebrush steppe. I, along with most Wyoming citizens, object to the term, because it reflects ignorance of the rich variety of native plants and animals who inhabit these wide open spaces.
July 1st, 2010
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