Landscape Photography
of James L. Snyder

Desert Gold Meadow
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Desert Gold Meadow
Linhof Master Technika 2000 camera, 210mm Rodenstock Sironar-N f/5.6 lens, Fujicolor Pro 160S film, 5 exposures, 307 megapixels
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Desert Gold Meadow

Henderson Canyon Road and Borrego Valley Road, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA, 3/16/2017

During the wildflower super bloom of 2017, I traveled to southern California’s Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, where I found this meadow of blossoming desert gold or desert sunflower (Geraea canescens) in Borrego Valley. I was impressed by how the sea of gold contrasted with rugged Coyote Mountain in the background. We’re looking northeast at the southern flank of the mountain. Throughout the meadow, there were almost as many caterpillars munching on the flowering plants as there were flowers! These were the larva of the hummingbird moth, one of the largest flying insects in the desert.

Desert Gold Meadow

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