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Lemon Lily Wildflower Pictures

Saturday, August 07, 2010

 Lemon Lily Wildflower

A last frame from a recent overnight backpacking trip to the top of San Gorgonio Mountain. Happened upon a small marshy meadow along Vivian Creek that was filled with these showy yellow wildflowers. They are Lemon Lilies and are yet another native California flower that has become quite rare.

The small meadow was filled with tall grasses along with the lilies, which were three to four feet tall. I was just starting to move on when a dark furry head appeared above the dense groundcover maybe forty feet away. Apparently I had disturbed a lazy Black Bear. He moved slowly over to a nearby tree and proceeded to scratch his back. Then rolling onto his back he began to one at a time bend over lily stems within easy reach and eat the fresh blooms. Being quite particular he would leave those that were past their peak. Once an area was cleared a quick roll or crawl was all that was required to reposition for further lily grazing. After watching for several minutes, I moved on the bear completely focused on his afternoon snack.

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Lemon Lily
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