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desert beauty

This is orange globe mallow (Sphaeralcea munroana) -- we saw it in July (2005) near Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument in Utah (on the way to Canyonlands - Needles District). It's one of the only flowers in the desert that blooms in the middle of the hottest part of the summer. This day it was a relatively mild 108F.

 

On Explore/Interestingness #67 for 4/30. Thanks, all! :)

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Taken on July 22, 2005