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Golden-bowl mariposa lily, Calochortus concolor        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The sago lilies, star lilies, mariposa lilies, etc. in the genus Calochortus grow widely in the western US and are among my favorite wildflowers   I believe this one is the golden-bowl mariposa lily, Calochortus concolor (I'm not completely sure of the species identification).   A loose group of about 10 plants were growing on a dry slope in the San Jacinto Mountains of southern California; during the drought year of 2015 their bright color stood out against the dusty slope.   It was a rather windy day so the photos were shot at a fairly high shutter speed.
      Two other California Calochortus species are shown here and here.

  • Canon 7D2; Sigma 150 mm f2.8 macro lens, ringflash (2015)