I flew down to San Diego this week to see the lovely Weed’s mariposa lilies blooming at Cowles Mountain. A small wildfire started when I arrived in the late afternoon! I went back the next morning and the trail I wanted to hike was closed because of the fire, but I still found quite a few lilies blooming along the other trails. They were just getting started though so you have plenty of time to see them. I also encountered a really large rattlesnake that resembled a tree branch from a distance and was stretched out across the entire length of the road – it made me laugh – because he was in no hurry to move and I had to get to the airport.
I have a few Calochortus adventures planned over the course of the next couple weeks (seems like the ones I want to to see this year will all be blooming at the same time) plus I have a job interview next week. Wish me luck that I can make this all work. The second photo down is my favorite! Until next time…Calochortus weedii var. weedii – Weed’s mariposa lily. Cowles Mountain, San Diego – 22/23 May 2017.