Combine a bunch of these and some rich afternoon light,
And voilá! Bouquet. In early May sprouting all over the canyon,
Adding their sunny cheer like a reflection back to the sky.
This plant belongs to what we call the aster family. Each petal is actually a separate flower. Altogether they radiate around a central cone to make the sun shape that we usually think of as one flower. Relatives include daisy, sunflower, and other well-known plants.
Hart's Ragwort - Packera hartiana
Gila National Forest, New Mexico