Clay Mariposa Lily (Calochortus argillosus) (Detail, with Insect)
Dew still clings to the springtime blossom of this clay mariposa lily, growing in serpentine soil near Escobar Gate. When one looks closely at a flower in the wild, one sees an insect, as often as not. I did not notice this insect until I had taken the photo and looked carefully. Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Road F toward Escobar Gate, June 5, 2010, 7:53 am. The narrow depth of field of the macro lens leaves some of the central part of the flower out of focus.