Flower of the Leopard lily
Shasta County, CA, USA
Lilies are familiar to most people, but I remember the first time I saw one in the wild, and it was this species! I was blown away by how vibrant the colors were and how large the plant was! It was about as tall as me! I think that it is fun to see familiar genera of plants that people have in their yards and landscaping and then see their wild relatives in the most remote places! It reminds me to think that every crop and the horticultural plant is derived from some wild plant species that grew in a wild place. It is easy to distance ourselves from nature, but it is extremely satisfying to see the connections in a natural area near you.