We went to Coachella Valley Preserve looking for Loeseliastrum schottii and Desert Five Spot when we spotted this little guy: Erodium texanum. While the leaves have beautiful detail, it was the “inside” of the flower that caught our eye. A super sexy stigma surrounded by anthers that were just beginning to open…

Erodium texanum, overview, taken with the Sony alpha

Erodium texanum, overview, taken with the Sony alpha

An overview of the plant and flower. I love the petals on the ground—like breadcrumbs leading your eyes to the flower…

The flower and bud underneath. The petals look almost crinkled.

Close-up of Erodium texanum, taken with the Sony alpha

Close-up of Erodium texanum, taken with the Sony alpha

Ooh, and the sexy stigma surrounded by anthers/stamens.

The pictures above were all taken with the Sony alpha mirrorless camera. The pictures below are from the iPhone 6 with Ollo clip macro lens.

A close-up of the sepals.

A side shot of the flower and plant.