Photo of the Day 3.26.20

Point Lobos SNR (32 of 43)
Castilleja latifolia – Seaside Painted Cup

It was a cool, windy and cloudy day in the Arizona desert so I spent some time processing photographs.  I have a backlog of pictures to edit since beginning our winter journey throughout the Southwest and California.   And, today seemed like a perfect time to put my feet up on the sofa and work in Lightroom!  I chose to upload and edit the photographs I captured at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.  The setting could not be more different than where we are currently camped!  It was fun to review these seaside snapshots and reminisce about our beautiful day there walking along the high cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

There were many flowers blooming at Point Lobos.  My next blog posting will explore our day trip there on March 2, 2020.  But for now, enjoy this precious little wildflower nodding towards the sun on the cliffs high above the roaring ocean.  The Seaside Painted Cup apparently grows along the California coast between Point Reyes and Big Sur.  It is found right on the coast often growing in sand dunes and coastal shrub communities.  When I first noticed it blooming, the flower reminded me of Indian Paintbrush.  In fact, it is indeed a species of this plant.  Another common name for the plant is Monterey Indian Paintbrush.

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