These plants—some relative of horsetails, or maybe just a form of horsetails without the bristles. When the kids were really little we used to take them apart and almost put them back together, like toys. I think somebody told me a common name for them was tinkertoys. Or we made that up, because it fits. They have silica in them–so they are a little like sandpaper–know the ones I mean?
And the enormous sky——it was a day.