This a nice photo of a mariposa lily (Calochortus macrocarpus) flower. It is common in our dry sagebrush and grassland ecosystems although livestock grazing has reduced its historic abundance considerably. The thick, fleshy bulbs were eaten raw or cooked by indigenous people but due to current declining abundance, harvesting of plants is discouraged. The leaves are grass-like (Calochortus means “beautiful grass”) and often wither soon so they can easily be overlooked. Mariposa lily typically flowers in mid June to late July but flowers are much more abundant in some years than in others. The spring and summer rains of this year (2022) have resulted in beautiful displays of abundant mariposa lily flowers and other plants in the Cariboo-Chilcotin grasslands.