In beautiful places we cannot see the world holds its breath with us at the majesty of things purple.
Deep and dark, bright and light, even shadows cannot contain such splendor, and the sun itself bows in respect.
Shame on those who fail to stop and take notice.
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 Moss verbena (Verbena tenuisecta)
 Cobaea beardtongue (Penstemon cobaea)
 Pin clover (a.k.a. redstem filaree or common stork’s-bill; Erodium cicutarium)
 Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule)
 Ornamental kale (a.k.a. red winter, cottager, flowering cabbage, collard or cole; Brassica oleracea var. acephala); while technically neither a flower nor the product of nature’s own designs (it’s the result of human intervention), the color is astounding, especially with the dead leaf for contrast