A Little Dragon

A Little Dragon
A Little Dragon by I Nancy, on Flickr

Last weekend, Hutch and I went exploring to Figueroa Mountian in the local Los Padres National Forrest. Last year the wildflowers were tremendous and we hoped to find more of the same this year. We had a beautiful 70-degree day with a few light clouds. Even with all kinds of rain this year, the flowers were disappointing as it seems that this springs dramatic cycles of hot and cold weather has stunted their growth.

We did find a nice field of goldfields with some beautiful, if hard to get to, chocolate lilies (more later). While wandering, looking for the perfect set of flowers, I found little horned-toad crawling in the grasses. To give you a little perspective, the yellow flowers are just tiny goldfields just couple inches high. Mr. Horned was probably no more than three inches long. Here he is stalking through his jungle. Check out the reflection of the wildflower landscape in this little guy’s eye.

Back to the chocolate lilies. This is the first I’ve every really seen of the chocolate lily and they are a challenge to photography due both to their small size and the fact that they bloom facing down toward the ground. They are only about an inch or so in diameter. This is definitley a get on your belly and crane upward sort of shot. Here I was lucky to be able to underneath this cluster with some nice back-lighting, They are quite beautiful and were pristine the day were were there.

My Chocolate Lily Sweet
My Chocolate Lily Sweet by I Nancy, on Flickr