Landscapes come in many forms, especially in Texas which boasts such a wide vista. This work is an alternative South Texas landscape championing an underdog of the local native plant world, Tillandsia recurvata, commonly known as ball moss. This oft-misunderstood plant is neither moss nor parasite as is widely believed. It is a member of the bromeliad family with roots, flowers and leaves. It derives its entire sustenance from dust, rain, sunshine.

A native of South Texas myself, I explore the idea of community pride as well as the connectedness and network of communication between all things. Proof of this idea comes in the recent discovery that ball moss, something so common and easy to ignore, has compounds that are now known to fight cancer and AIDS–and all this from dust, rain and sunshine. In this piece, the idea of “bloom where you are planted” takes on special significance.

- Ansen Seale