April 23, 2008

Emory Rock Daisy

Emory's Daisy Anza-Borrego Desert State Park #1Emory's Daisy Anza-Borrego Desert State Park #2Going out on a limb here today and making a bold claim that this is an Emory's Rock Daisy [Perityle emoryi] (See Emory Rock Daisy at Calflor.org).

The impression I have gotten several times when looking at these photos of tiny flowers against a background of small rocks is that I'm looking into an aqarium. The only thing missing is the water and some fish.

If you look carefully at these photos you will notice that once you get past the sunny yellow face in the center of the white petals you will notice how many other plants there are around the daisys. I cropped this photo in two different ways. In the first there are some tiny pink flowers to the lower left, and in the second one, there is some grass sticking up in the upper right corner. Unless you pay attention in the desert you miss a lot of stuff like this since it is all on a very small scale.

See the full-sized versions of these photos of Emory's Rock Daisy in the Desert Flower Photo Gallery.

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