Desert Pincushion (Calflora) along Old Dale Road, near Highway 195 in Pinto Basin. Joshua Tree National Park.
A beautiful species. Feeding head down.
A beautiful adult great basin gopher snake found in the shade during late morning at about 98 degrees air temperature.
Only a few of these were blooming (literally 10 out of 100,000 plants I saw) - I think it was because they were alongside a road with some construction going on - probably resulting in a bit of water spraying and runoff which kicked these into flowering mode?
Anna's or Costa's?