White Prickly Poppy (Argemone mexicana) or “Cowboy’s Egg” at sunset in Gardner Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains of southern Arizona.
1/125 second at f 7.1 – ISO 3200 with diffused fill-flash
All parts of this year-round bloomer, known by the Aztecs as “nourishment for the dead” have psychoactive properties. Shamans used it for journeys to other worlds. It grows in gravely roadsides and sandy washes below 8000 feet in the Sonora, Chihuahua & Great Basin Deserts.
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