CLIFF CREGO | Betony or Elephanthead Lousewort (Pedicularis groenlanica)

Betony or Elephanthead Lousewort (Pedicularis groenlanica) [ click photo for next . . .
—close-up, VIII.4.08) High Wallowas
. . .

Elephanthead is a summer species of high mountain bogs.
Above about 2000 m., come the end of July, when the snow
has been melted for a month or so, you can find whole
stands, growing together with Bog Wildonions, and on
the drier edges, Pink Mountain Heath. As is the surreal
form and beautiful shade of pink were not enough, the
flower heads are also edible! For a brief, intense period
that seems to last an eternity if you're lucky enough to
be camped with children near by, this is an enchanted

On the road in the American Northwest.

A mistake

is a mistake repeated.

Even the best of performers

can make a habit of

practicing—sometimes for years—the wrong



A crisis comes, and a president admonishes the citizen-
children of his nation to shop, to consume more, to spend

How strange . . .

Where are the days of finding peace and security in less
is more, in household economies based on saving, on
conserving, and on little waste?

I say, to hell with the consumer-in-chief. Stack your
zero dollars days—the days in which you spend nothing
at all—like newly minted gold coins. The more you stack
up the better. And know that, the less we spend, the freer
we are, the less harm we most likely do in the world,
and the more there is left for others of far greater need.

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