Shooting in Pinnacles National Park, Holister, CA
All of these photos on this page were taken on the "South Wilderness" trail. A six mile round trip hike from my camp site.
California Red Thistle, Cirsium occidentalis var. venustum
A Mariposa Lilly, Calochortus venustus (Butterfly Mariposa Lily).
California Buckeye or California Horse-Chestnut tree flowers. Aesculus californica. A strange tree. It produces leaves very early in the Spring, then these bottle brush style flowers which are toxic to bees but not to butterflies, then they drop their leaves in the fall and produce copious quantities of round chestnut like toxic seeds about an inch to an inch and a half in diameter. Usually, you can visualize what the seed will look like from the flower. One flower,
one seed. Not this tree. Weird.
Feeding on "California Buckeye" (tree) flowers.
Monkey Flowers (not sticky)
Not sure what this is, growing on the forest floor, kind of rug like, kind of flower like, not green at all. Firmly attached or rooted to the forest floor.
All of the above photos were taken with a Canon EOS 5D MKii camera body and a 100 to 400mm 1:4.5-5.6 L IS telephoto zoom lens.