|The Texas Star Ferris Wheel. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.|
My dreams last night were filled with fascinating revelations. I dreamt that I had a cinnamon-brown psychotropic dust blown at me; not unlike the way the zombi dust was blown at people in the film "The Serpent & The Rainbow." However, unlike zombi dust, this was a pleasant, benevolently mind-altering blend. I was told its name -- more than once -- very clearly. A mysterious dream entity who obviously wanted me to remember & carry the name with me out of the dream realm, prompted me to repeat it. Immediately after I repeated the word aloud, baby woke me to nurse. I recall thinking, "I should write that down. Really, I should." But alas, in my early a.m. delirium, I convinced myself that I would remember in the morning. Ha.
What does this have to do with Texas? Nothing.
Texas has been a bit of a struggle for me, my only encounter with this land being a layover at Dallas Fort Worth enroute from Frankfurt to Salt Lake City. After I spent altogether too much time belaboring Texas, I made a last ditch, I'll-try-anything attempt & entered a search something akin to "brown spore dust Texas." I was not surprised to find that this rendered nothing much relevant to the spore dust, BUT, it did present THIS:
Chorioactis geaster, The Texas Star
|Chorioactis geaster, the Texas Star, photo found at pinktentacle.com.|
This fungus is so incredibly rare that it is only documented in two places in the world:
Japan & Texas. Truly extraordinary.
In Texas, this fungus is found fruiting only during the fall and winter, where it grows on dead cedar elm trees. This means it is most likely a saprophyte (Yay!), which is an important part of my plan. Perfect.
Outside of actually having personally met this fungi, I cannot imagine a more ideal 'pardner for the Lone Star State. Texas is seriously about stars:
Goddess of Freedom holding star atop Texas State capitol & Seal of the Republic of Texas
Floor of the Texas State Capitol & Texas State Capitol Rotunda (interior).
I had to restrain myself from filling this post with images of Texas stars. I love stars & there's enough of them out there for someone to publish a coffee table book the size of Texas (if it hasn't already been done). I am pretty cozy with a star or two of my own, so that's some imagery that I can work with tonight.
May the star of lady Freedom shine bright upon our beloved country. May the Star of Texas purify & protect the place it calls home.
All photos in this post are courtesy Wikimedia Commons unless otherwise noted.