Oil, ghost towns and dust devils are aligned as tropes of climate change. Tornado-like dust devils, as canaries in the coal mine, are increasingly common in hot, barren deserts and in drought stricken areas of the world.

I imagined spilling flower petals into the path of dust devil so that it would create a colorful vortex of swirling petals. I recently found a few dust devils during each of my 3 trips to the California desert, but they are fast, dissipate quickly and mostly too far off the road to catch…always just ahead of my car. When I was ready to give up looking after my third desert trip and was focusing my camera on abandoned school, a well-formed small dust devil appeared about 10 meters to my right. I turned my camera on a tripod towards it, snatched a bag of flower petals that I had bought at LA's flower district and ran into the small vortex dumping the contents. It grabbed the petals and dumped them over the road. It may not have been the large column of flower petals that I had imagined. Realistically such would take a small Hollywood budget to procure. But with minor alterations, this one was a wrap.