With all the talk of late about the prospects for a colorful, and plentiful, bloom in Death Valley National Park, let's start talking flowers in earnest. For instance, have you ever seen a Desert Five-Spot in the park?
Those well-versed in the botanical delights of Death Valley know that there are more than 1,000 plant species that grow there, and that there are 23 species that grow only in the park's 3.3 million acres. Now, the Desert Five-Spot is not one of those endemics, but it's still one of the more unusual flowers that rewards those fortunate enough to come upon one with its showy display.
Jimmie Affholder, who lives and works in Death Valley, and is pretty handy with a camera, as well, snared this photo of a Five-Spot. The Traveler offers his photo as a little incentive for folks lucky enough to be in Death Valley during this spring's bloom.