Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Belly Flowers: Blink And You Might Miss These Small Wonders of the Wildflower Kingdom...

Belly up!

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

Lilac Sunbonnets, Wildrose Canyon, Death Valley National Park

Pretty little Red Maids, some in a row...

Red Maids, Red Hill
Road, San Luis Obispo County, California

Neon Twins

Desert Mariposa lilies and Rattlesnake Weed

Belly Flowers (How Low Will You Go???)

Bigelow's Monkey Flower, Jubilee Pass, Death Valley National Park

Spreading Phlox on Granite

Spreading Phlox, Tioga Pass Road, Yosemite National Park

Brodiaea in a Bug's Eye View

Dwarf Brodiaea, Figueroa Mountain, Central California

Brilliance in numbers

Goldfields, San Luis Obispo County, Central California

Gotta Love Those Baby Blue Eyes!

Baby Blue Eyes, San Luis Obispo County, California

Twin Beauties

Long Beak Filaree, Santa Barbara County, California

Gimme a Five-Spot, Will Ya???

Five Spot, Greenhorn Mountains, Kern County, California