I love the rich, royal purple of the 7-foot tall Vernonia altissima. Ironweed has many medicinal properties and is eaten as a vegetable in West Africa. One species of Midwestern moth feeds exclusively on ironweed.
In daily life, there are several counter-intuitive aspects of the Buddhist path that friends and strangers might ask, "Why do you do that?"
Why do we practice the Wise Speech of not talking about someone who's not in the room? Or not saying something that we, ourselves, do not know, for sure, to be true. Why do we not tell white lies? Why do we not exaggerate, just a little bit, to make a good story even better?
|Photo by Beau Wilfong|
Did i mention that my farmer-brother has a butterfly and moth collection? That he can spot a chrysalis on the underside of a leaf at 30 feet? That he brings the pupae into the house so he can watch them turn into something beautiful.
Photo of ironweed from www.sembabutterfly.com