Paul Gill Photography | Macro Photography | Mariposa Lily center
Taken 22-Apr-10
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Photo Info

Dimensions3000 x 4500
Original file size38.7 MB
Image typeTIFF
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken22-Apr-10 13:32
Date modified4-Jan-16 15:14
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal length65 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/320 at f/13
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 3200
Metering modePattern
Mariposa Lily center

Mariposa Lily center

Mojave and Sonoran desert of southeastern California, western Arizona , southern Nevada and south into northern Mexico. up top 6,500 feet.

Heavy soil in open areas of creosote/brush desert or pinyon/juniper woodlands

One to six brilliant, red-orange flowers, 1 to 2 inches wide, bloom March through June. Each of the three fan-shaped petals has a maroon-to-brown splotch at the base. At higher elevations, flowers are more yellow than red. Description

Mariposa is the Spanish word for butterfly. A member of the Lily (Liliaceae) Family, this tall, slender, perennial shrub grows 2 to 18 inches high with thin gray leaves that are 4 to 8 inches long. Munz calls the Desert Mariposa Lily "probably the most beautiful of desert wildflowers."
The genus Calochortus has numerous species, many of which are called a "Mariposa Lily." They are also referred to as Star Tulip of Mariposa Tulip and can vary greatly in color, many of which are white.