And Then It Dies

The Century Plant (agave americana) spends its life, some 10 to 30 years, building up enough energy to make one final swan song. Almost overnight it sends up a stalk that can rise 20 to 30 feet, with strange looking yellow flowers, dripping with sweetness. And soon after this gorgeous display, it begins to decline, and then it dies.


This is a studio painting from near Boot Spring in Big Bend National Park. 


11x7 inch oil on canvas panel. 


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