© 2005 Honor Marks
Indian Pipes
oil on canvas
18" x 24"

"As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can."

John Muir

Indian pipes are unusual in that they have no chlorophyll. Known as saphrophytic, they obtain nutrients not from photosynthesis, but extract it from dead organic material, decaying roots and other plant matter. Also called Ghost Flower, Indian Pipes are an ethereal find out in the woods and turn black if they are picked.