This spring in the Mountain west has provided so much inspiration for my fabric patterns! We had a very wet spring season, so it must have made the ground very happy. We've been rewarded with a tremendous variety of spring wildflowers, some of which I've never seen before. While hiking both in Oregon's Smith Rock State Park and here in the Boise foothills, I encountered the Mariposa Lily--two varieties! Mariposa is Spanish for "butterfly" and to see these flowers fluttering in a welcome breeze is really delightful, especially during a long, hot hike.
Because the mariposa lily grows from a bulb it's able to survive wildfires. Boise had a bad fire year last year, which explains their abundance this spring. After a wildfire, the bulbs produce greater numbers of flowers than in average years. Apparently, they take advantage of the nutrient-rich soil and the lack of competition from other plants.
It makes climbing hills a lot more pleasant when you can stop and admire the beauty around you.
These are the two varieties I've seen so far on two separate hikes.
I designed this pillow the other day to add to my collection. It's called Mariposa Bright. You can find it here. I'm working on some watercolor renditions next!