Let your heart be a portal for the songs of the universe.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


After five days of rejuvenating rains the prairie prepares to resurrect drought-ravaged flora. Hearty yucca sentinels are the first to quicken from winter slumber. Their golden campaniles stand vigil over primrose littering tired prairie straw. They reassure asters, daisies and bee balm in their quest to break free of Mother Earth’s soggy bosom.

Opportunists and proven survivors such as cholla and prickly pear cacti gorge on the abundance of Adam’s Ale. Cholla chain links swell as they cache the life-giving liquid. Prickly pear cacti follow suit and rouse wrinkled nopales from their winter repose on red soil. The abundance of buds portends a stunning flourish of cactus roses.

© Ilija Lukić 2014

Into The Blue
(Yucca campestris aka Plains Yucca)

Llano Shade Tree
(Cylindropuntia imbricata aka Cane Cholla)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Beacons Of Hope

Three laid-back spring days punctuated by overnight thunderstorms leave the heretofore  parched Llano Estacado tablelands refreshed by heavenly tears. Terra cotta ranch roads sport ribbons of water. Life stirs to the melodic chirps of trilling crickets and dulcet tones of meadowlarks. Ephemeral pools invite prairie amphibians. The cacophony of Great Plains Toad mating calls competes with a distant train horn. Ground beetle larva scribe intricate calligraphy into the muddy film on cattle trails as they move just below the rain-softened surface. The Llano prevails as an oasis of serenity in a troubled realm. 

Yucca flower spires welcome their annual role as messengers of wildflower bounty and sun-filled days to come. Their lofty belfries adorned with campanas de oro are akin to lighthouses amid endless seas of grass—beacons of hope on the drought-ravaged plain.

© Ilija Lukić 2014

Wet Passage

Azure Symphony
(Yucca campestris aka Plains Yucca)

Beacon Of Hope
(Yucca campestris aka Plains Yucca)

Campanas De Oro
(Yucca campestris aka Plains Yucca)

Chocolate Ripples

Goat's Beard Sanctuary
(Tragopogon dubious aka Western Salsify)

Friday, May 16, 2014

High Plains Royalty

Come take a stroll on the wild side. Open your eyes, your heart, your soul. Behold Heaven in wild flowers. Nature's grandest endeavors depend on the success of the smallest component. Join the legion of mortals who wax poetic about the fleeting pulchritude.

© Ilija Lukić 2014

Nodding Greenthread

Chocolate Phyllary

Panamint Catseye

Shy Daisy

Spotted Beebalm

High Plains Royalty