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Capturing The Moment — Desert Evening Primrose   7 comments

Italian Springs 2013

Desert Evening Primrose

I grow 

in the bajadas

alone rocky slopes

pushing aside 

dry gravel

in search of sun.

No rain 

shortens my growth,


my buds

to open early

in the cool

of the evening,

closing by


I am

a primrose,

oenothera primiveris

by name.

Capturing The Moment — Tufted Evening Primrose   8 comments

King Canyon To Wasson Peak

Tufted Evening Primrose — Image by kenne

I’m by no means a wildflower expert and the extreme conditions of the desert rocky slopes can make identification difficult. This beautiful wildflower was photographed midmorning in Kings Canyon at about 3,200′ elevation. My guess is that it is a tufted evening primrose, which blooms for only one night, pure white, turning to pink before closing by mid-day. If I have guessed wrong, please let me know.


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