This photo is from Death Valley National Park’s Echo Canyon in February 2016, during the so-called “superbloom”. Echo Canyon was not a destination for the crowds of the main thoroughfares; the floral displays along the lower slopes leading to the canyon were surpassed by other areas of the park, and the middle canyon areas had only a few species in bloom at that time of year. However, several botanists made the journey to Echo Canyon to see this gem:
- read Tom Chester’s report
- see Naomi Fraga’s Diplacus rupicola photograph (Naomi was one of the people responsible for renaming this from Mimulus rupicola!)
- and, browse through Michael Charters’ images (I think the plant in his lower-left image looks familiar…).