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Sego Lily

By billma
Calochortus nuttalli. The Utah State Flower.

"Many, many suns ago, the Indians lived in great numbers in these valleys of the mountains. They grew corn and berries in rich abundance. As they increased in yield, the Indians became jealous of one another and tried to see who could gather the most food for winter living, when the snows were deep and cold. Then they warred. The game stick was replaced by the tomahawk. Many Indians were killed. The Great Spirit was displeased. He dried up the corn and berries. The children were left without food. The sky became dark with great clouds for many moons; the earth refused to yield; the sands blew over all the land. The Indians sorrowed and prayed to the Great Spirit. One day the sun shone bright up on the hills, and the people saw a little plant growing everywhere, even in the canyons and far above to the very peaks. The Great Spirit had heard the prayers of the people. When the Indians tasted the root, they knew the Great Spirit had saved them from death. Ever after, they refused to fight where the Sego Lily grew. They called it the 'Little Life Plant of the Hills'."

From 1840-1851 food became scarce for the pioneers who had populated the area due to a pague of crickets. Food had to be rationed. The pioneers learned from the indians to eat the soft, bulbous root of the Sego Lily to supplement their diet.

Tags: Flowers and plants

Voters: speeedyblue2, kit-monster, user_absconded and 23 more

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Miles Herbert 18 1.9k 4 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2004 1:08PM
Lovely lighting, nice muted image.

u08mcb 17 5.8k
4 Jun 2004 1:36PM
Stunning shot Smile
helendixon 17 30 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2004 1:52PM
Beautiful flower, good use of light.

gajj 17 32
4 Jun 2004 2:10PM
Very good shot of this now elusive little flower. The wonderful history you've provided along with the native legend of the flower enhances and informs.
lynsfiona 17 5
4 Jun 2004 2:15PM
Beautiful shot!!! *cick*

Lyns x
KevinGoodchild 19 1.2k 9 England
4 Jun 2004 2:35PM
lovely shot with beautiful colours and great use of light. Clicked
4 Jun 2004 2:41PM
Stunning capture and thank you for the description, click
fez 17 262
4 Jun 2004 2:53PM
i have one thing to say....whoa...ok 2....clicky.
JouŠo 17 56 Finland
4 Jun 2004 4:24PM
Just lovely shot!
PatriciaWilson 17 617 58 Greece
4 Jun 2004 6:27PM
Never seen one before, thank you, click!
Terry L 17 609 5 England
4 Jun 2004 6:54PM
Beautiful shot Bill, lovely lighting and great description.

UserHasLeft 18 654
4 Jun 2004 8:57PM
Presentation 10/10.
johnjohn01 19 58 England
4 Jun 2004 9:18PM
Beautiful lighting. Very delicate.
deeken 17 4
4 Jun 2004 10:13PM
Stunning shot well done. Perfect lighting.
Double Click..

kit-monster 17 3.7k 2 Singapore
5 Jun 2004 5:15AM
What a beautiful shot. Very unusual lighting - works very well. And an excellent write-up. Good work.

ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2004 10:23AM
First class image, the lighting, dof and composition within the frame are all excellent. Well done.
denian 17
7 Jun 2004 5:55PM
Terrific detail and colour. Good use of lighting to focus on the subject, well done.
andytvcams 18 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2004 6:07PM
Wow what a story,but your image says it all,top quality work,and a great pleasure to view.

8 Jun 2004 3:00PM
This is an outstandingly beautiful image Bill, the lighting is wonderful, the dof, composition and colours just fabulous along with a great piece of writing, great work.

Greyheron 19 282 7 England
10 Jun 2004 7:35AM
Beautifully lit & composed Bill, a fine piece of photography.

21 Jul 2004 1:10AM
This is just beautiful. Great work.
rugbylass 18 403
6 Aug 2004 11:18AM
Great lighting and subtle colours here- added to by the excellent composition. Lovely!
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
8 Mar 2005 7:35PM
Wow, this is gorgeous, well done! Spot on! CLick!!!

vtoth 17 271 Croatia
7 Apr 2006 4:48AM
amazing game of shadows on the flower, and the background is perfectly blurred! Excellent work!

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