Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Belly Flowers: Blink And You Might Miss These Small Wonders of the Wildflower Kingdom...
I have a particular fondness for what are commonly referred to in the wildflower parlance as "belly flowers."
These are tiny blossoms that pave the environment with color but live so close to the ground that you practically do need to get on your belly to see them. As such, they are at particular risk for being stepped on, rolled over, layed upon or otherwise mangled by folks who just don't see them or appreciate their delicate beauty.
Along with the Sandblossoms shown above, here are a few examples of belly flowers:
Lilac Sunbonnets, Wildrose Canyon, Death Valley National Park
Red Maids, Red Hill
Road, San Luis Obispo County, California
Desert Mariposa lilies and Rattlesnake Weed
Bigelow's Monkey Flower, Jubilee Pass, Death Valley National Park
Spreading Phlox, Tioga Pass Road, Yosemite National Park
Dwarf Brodiaea, Figueroa Mountain, Central California
Goldfields, San Luis Obispo County, Central California
Baby Blue Eyes, San Luis Obispo County, California
Long Beak Filaree, Santa Barbara County, California
Five Spot, Greenhorn Mountains, Kern County, California