A globemallow, painted from a photo taken at the Chama River Valley, near Abiquiu, New Mexico, in June. We picnicked near a patch of them, noticing that their flowers were closed, and in the afternoon we stopped at the same spot, after hiking in a canyon and visiting the friendly, mellow monks at the Monastery of the Desert, and we saw the flowers had opened up.

Words are inspired by haiku poet Buson. My haiku translates to something like, “The blazing sun in the flower — Chama River.”Globemallow. On the way to the Monastery of the Desert, Abiqui, New Mexico