Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 03/28/2016


Photo taken on March 16, 2016


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Evening Primrose
Oenothera primaveris
large yellow primrose


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Desert Evening Primrose. Oenothera primaveris.

I last photographed this lovely desert wildflower in 1998. Someone at Scotty’s told me “We only see those once every 10 years.”

It’s been 18 years for me.

One plant of this species is capable of producing an entire bouquet, each flower 5 inches wide. But the big yellow primrose needs to move fast this year, to produce seeds before the withering heat comes. So its leaves are small and it is betting everything on just two huge blossoms.

In the northern sandy part of the new Mojave Trails National Monument, California.
(Other aspects of the monument in my album with the same name.)

Jean.pierre dalifard, Pam J have particularly liked this photo


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Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
What a beauty
2 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Marvellous flowers. The desert flowers certainly do it tough.
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautiful flowers; well taken.
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
They are amazing
2 years ago.
Jean.pierre dalifard
Jean.pierre dalifard
Excellente fleur
2 years ago.