Indian Paintbrush pops up all over southern Utah in the spring. It prefers the lower, warmer elevations. When it gets going, wow is probably the main word that comes to mind.
Not a particularly bright flower, its more subtle color still shows up well against the muted hues of the desert. Bumper weather years lead to fine examples such as this one.
I really like its fuzziness and its tenacity. Anything that flourishes in the demanding conditions of the American Southwest tends to catch my attention. These flowers also make for excellent photographic subjects. They’re delightfully different in shading, shape, and amounts–sometimes you’ll find a single one, other times a mini-colony.