"The force that through the green fuse drives the flower," as poet Dylan Thomas put it. Clay Mariposa Lily (Calochortus argillosus), a native California wildflower. Photographed in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve near Cupertino, California.
Mariposa Lilies blooming in the high desert near Bend, Oregon. Mariposa lilies are a rather elusive desert wildflower. Their blooms are only vibrant for about 24 hours, and in some years, they don't bloom at all