Morning Glory has been used as a portal to the gods and the shamanic spirit world throughout history and across numerous cultures, especially the Aztecs and Chontal Indians of Mexico.
Lysergic acid is contained within the seeds of Morning Glory and, to a lesser extent, its leaves. Clinical effects of consuming these parts of the plant include exaggerated empathy, euphoria, heightened spiritual awareness and psychedelic visuals. Whilst the plant is legal to grow in the UK, consumption of the plant is illegal.
As part of a photographic project I worked on a few years ago, I grew numerous plants that had significant spiritual and shamanic history. I will share the resultant pictures of these plants, which include Peyote, Sinicuichi, San Pedro and Bolivia Torch cacti and more, over the next few weeks here on the Pixie-Led site. But I also want to publish them in one printed form or another sometime in the future. Watch this space...
Without any doubt, however, Morning Glory (specifically the Heavenly Blue strain) was the most beautiful of the entheogens I photographed for the project.
I am more than happy with the images of this plant I managed to capture over the months I grew Morning Glory, especially given the limited time I had to photograph the flowers.
Morning Glory, as its name suggests, flowers in the morning. By the afternoon, the bloom has already faded and died. This meant, on most occasions, that I only got to see the flowers as I passed them in the front conservatory on the way to work in the mornings. I would then have to rush back into the house to grab my camera and snap off a few shots before racing out of the house to make up the lost time on my journey to work.
After months of growing the plant, I must have only had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with its actual flowers.
What Morning Glory flowers lose in longevity, however, they most certainly make up for with incredible and fragile beauty.