David E. Perry chronicles the carefully seen & often overlooked.
Here is the one gift in this humble gift collection that required any ‘buying’, for Tillandsia (air plants), simply do not grow wild in this region. However, a tillandsia this size can probably be obtained from your local nursery or garden store for between five and ten dollars, and given that it needs no soil in order to live a healthy life, it strikes me as a particularly powerful metaphor of a gift. Simply give one of these magical plants a place to live and no matter how poor its surroundings, it will find a way to gather what it needs both to thrive and grow ever more beautiful. This particular tillandsia lives atop a weathered ‘lava’ rock that I brought home from a camping and fishing trip along a lonely stretch of high desert river, and its study in contrasts, both in form and nature continually dances with my imagination.