After a few weeks away from being behind the dSLR camera, I used the last few daylight hours left in the weekend to search for wildflowers around Folsom Lake. While I expected to find blankets of lupines near the shoreline, this was not the case. While there are superblooms now occurring at the Anza-Borrego Desert in Southern California and at Death Valley, the temperature is still a bit cool here in Northern California. The spring blooms in my garden are at least a week or two behind last year.
Instead of compositions of lupines, I hiked along the mountain bike trail and looked for isolated compositions of single wildflowers. One of the elegant flowers found was the White Globe Lily (Calochortus albus). The nearly translucent hanging petals create a lantern effect and, in fact, has the nickname of Fairy Lantern. Another detail easy to overlook are the fine hairs near the edge of the petals. I do not know what the purpose of the “hairs” are, but I did not even notice them until zooming into the image during post processing.
Plant Notes: The White Globe Lily is a fast-growing 2′ high bulb-based plant that flowers in the spring and is dormant by the summer. It is found throughout California and thrives in foothill woodlands, yellow pine forests, and chaparral.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, spot metering mode, ISO100, 35mm (prime lens), f/2.5, 1/100 sec
El Dorado Hills (CA), White Globe Lily, Shallow DOF. Browns Ravine, Folsom Lake, El Dorado Hills, CA. March 26, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.