Compass Plant Year

When I got back from my Colorado and New Mexico vacation, the compass plants here were in full bloom. With our warm and dry year, they seem to be more numerous and showier than in previous years.... The name "compass plant" alludes to the tendency for basal leaves of plants to align their edges north and south. I used a small bit of fill flash here to light up the shadow part of the flowers.

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Taken on July 7, 2012