These two Curcurbita digitata were found while hiking up Indian Springs Wash in the Tonto National Forest, Arizona. Fed by the abundant winter rains, the vines had grown up inside the shelter of several jojoba bushes. The sand around the bushes was littered with dried gourds, knawed hollow by rodents. In the dense center of the jojobas, yellow globes of maturing gourds remained untouched. I would not reach into the bushes to pick gourds, a sure place for snakes lying in wait for hungry rodents. The gourds pictured here were lying on the ground, being cooked by the sun.
- Nancy Boudreau
acrylic painting on gessoed mat board, approximately 5" x 7"
signed, dated and comments on the back