On a drive through the country one day, I noticed a red-winged blackbird flying rapidly across a fallow field. In the center of the field there was an unusually tall mullein plant. This weedy plant has a large dinner-plate-size rosette of fuzzy green leaves at its base. Rising from the base is a three-foot bare stalk that has yellow flowers on it when it’s in bloom.
Catching sight of the red stripe out of the corner of my eye, I watched him