2023—Worth Stopping For

As we walked the trails at Smith Oaks Rookery in Texas, frantically swatting at the swarms of mosquitos seemingly resistant to our insect repellent, I noticed a tri-petaled purple flower I had never seen. Despite the high-pitched whine of mosquitos in my ears and my gut instinct to get away from them as quickly as possible, I stopped to photograph a lone flower. My companions waited for me although they, too, were under attack from the mosquitos. This is a Texas native, the Texas Spiderwort, and I think it was worth stopping for even though I emerged with dozens of itchy bites. The lone water drop on one of the leaves is a bonus that I didn’t notice when I took the photograph.