Calochortus are my favorite flower genus, well ok, I will always look at anything in the liliaceae family. Many interesting shapes, colors, and what is with the hair on some of the calochortus? Fascinating. We arranged a day with friends Tom and Liga to look for calochortus weedii var. intermedius. We were not disappointed. Tom had done some scouting and had two different areas with flowers. They were magnificent. The subtle color variation between flowers was fascinating.
We also did a bit of birding and I added seven species to my Orange County list leaving me four more to go to my goal of 250.
We left ourselves enough time to try for another calochortus on the way home, calochortus plummerae. And we found them! A two calochortus day. The plummerae were past peak, and the wind was howling, so photography was challenging.
Calochortus weedii var. intermedius
There were a few other nice flowers about including San Diego bush monkey flower, dudleya, scarlet larkspur, and bush poppy.