Calochortus howellii – Howell’s Mariposa Lily. Eight Dollar Mountain area (off of NF 4201), 01 June 2016.
Can anyone believe it’s June already? We just bought a house and are getting ready to move, and the timing couldn’t be any worse given that it’s wildflower season, right?!? I just want to be out in nature on my days off, not packing and cleaning. Well today I took a short break from reality, jumped in my car, and hung out with myself at Eight Dollar Mountain. I really wanted to see C. howellii in bloom. It’s my third year photographing this lily and I have yet to find a place in the Eight Dollar Mountain area where its numbers seem healthy. Anyhow, it’s a very simple lily, and they grow quite tall. They sort of look like tissues floating in the wind when you see them from a short distance. I have seen their inner hairs described as brown, but some of my terrible up-close-and-personal macro shots (not worthy of being published here) reveal that they are more of a deep, plum purple. You can zoom in on this picture to see what I’m talking about or tell me that I’m crazy.
Another one of my faves, Lilium pardalinum subsp. vollmeri (or Vollmer’s tiger lily) was in bloom too. That’s all for now!