honey samples from different flora sources and geographical locations were supplied by the National Honey Board: Tarweed, Blackberry, Cottonseed, Buckwheat and Rabbitbush
. Investigators tested the samples for the presence of antimicrobial activity.
We looked toward the center, to the bare earth, the exploratory drill-rig, the dozer, and we named what had lived there: Ponderosa Pine, Utah Juniper, Gambel Oak, Cliff Rose, Four-winged Saltbush, Buckbrush, Buffaloberry, Pale Wolfberry, Rabbitbush
, Mormon Tea, Banana Yucca, Big Sagebrush--the sage that grows where the earth has been disturbed--soft, pale leaves that we crushed between our fingers, whose scent we breathed in deeply, knowing that we found it where trees and juniper had been chained.