Ah the surprises you find in Mother nature.This is a closeup up the bloom on a Hollyhock that was growing in the gardens at Blackstone Springs in T or C, NM.What a gremlin like face hidden away in the beauty.Never cease to be surprised at what shows up on your journey†††
This lovely blossom is the Datura. It is a bewitching flower. It blooms only once in the evening and shade of the morning. It has an intoxicating smell at night and has a long history and is a native plant to the Suthwest.
It is a potent and lovely plant with beautiful flowers but one should be aware that all parts of this plant, especially the seed, might be extremely poisonous. Datura plants possess hallucinogenic properties and it may be fatal if ingested by humans and animals. The active ingredients of Datura are the tropane alkaloids atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine. These are classified as deliriants or anticholinergics. This means that datura may induce a medical state of delirium and block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the central and the peripheral nervous system. Delirium, caused by ingestion of datura plant causes complete inability to differentiate reality from fantasy, hyperthermia, abnormal heart beats, changes in behavior and a painful photophobia that may last for a couple of days.
Datura is also known as the Devil’s Trumpet. The native names for this plant are based upon the deliriant effects it produces on the nervous system. In Europe, datura was used for witchcraft and the seeds were used to brew beer.
Mexicans used it in religious rituals, dried and smoked, to produce the effect of hallucinations. Aztecs used it to manage fevers and cure the pain in the chest. The people of New Spain rubbed a leaf on painful areas to cure spleen diseases.
Ah, motor on in to the “Rocket Inn!”
Shades of the 50’s & 60″s with a Route 66 feel. Actually it is a couple hundred miles south of the mother road and in Truth or Consequences, NM. We are soaking in the hot springs. T or C was formerly named Hot Springs NM, but changed their name via a contest put on by popular early television game show hosted by Ralph Edwards.
We are staying at the absolutely coolest place in T or C: Blackstone Springs http://www.blackstonehotsprings.com/. This is an old tourist court, that has been throughly updated and all the rooms have a television show theme. We are staying in the Roy Rogers suite which is nice as I got to see Roy Rogers in person at a rodeo in the early 50’s in West TX when I was 5 or 6 . I still have an autographed photo of Roy & Trigger……cool beans
This was an 8 second exposure, 200iso @ f22 with a 200mm lens and a Nikon D300s, made about 9-10:00 in the evening.
Always look for the remembrance of something old on your journey†††nada te turbe†††jim