Downingia ConcolorTitle: Downingia Concolor
Location: Lake Cuyamaca
My friend Alex Kunz slammed his brakes on Sunrise Highway and immediately backed up. As it turned out, he found an interesting field of purple flowers lying in a small creek drainage leading into Lake Cuyamaca.
As it turns out, this flower (Downingia Concolor) is quite rare, as it is an annual that apparently only grows in wet rain seasons. Because the 2016 - 2017 rain season was so good for us, rare wildflowers such as these have been showing up.
Alex has reported in his blog post that this particular subspecies is endemic only to the Lake Cuyamaca area so it is a very rare flower indeed.
Looking closely, you could see that there were several modest vernal pools for these seeds to germinate it. Indeed, there were small frogs in the pools as well.
Volcan Mountain Poppies
Wildflowers, Great Sand Dunes, Black and White
Three Shafts Of LightPhotographed: 2016
Location: Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Gold and CloudsTitle: Gold and Clouds
Photo Taken: 2016
Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, California.
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Lupine and the Canyon Below
Figueroa Mountain Clouds and PoppiesPoppies above the canyon at Figueroa Mountain
Sea of Lupine, Figueroa Mountain
Storm Over Badwater Basin
Superbloom Near Daylight PassSuperbloom near Daylight Pass in Death Valley National Park