Years ago I visited a muddy hole in Sri Lanka. It was covered by a thatched roof to protect the diggers from the elements. Under that there was a hoist to bring up the baskets of muddy gravel they produced. Other workers sorted through that product to find gems. Rubies and sapphires and all sorts of amazing beauty. Like them, to find the sparkling gems among wildflowers, you have to be prepared to get into the mud and dirt. This one is from Ives Fen Preserve, one of my favorite places to go into the mud for flowers. The first time I did, dressed in a suit and loafers, you might argue that I was unprepared. I think a true enthusiast is always prepared!