Cali Wildflowers (4)
I saw these lillies clinging to the side of a rocky hillside. I missed the first one we passed, just a white flash. But I was looking more closely for the second bunch. Unfortunately, the camera (you know it's never the operator) was acting up so I didn't get a clear shot of the beautiful red and gold decoration in the center.
Petals are typically white but vary to smoky-blue with a flush of pink. Each petal has a black spot positioned above the nectary which may well serve as a nectar guide for potential pollinators.
Common in open gravelly areas with chaparral and montane coniferous forests