The "Ipomopsis" (Ipoo + opsis) genus name comes from Greek for "striking appearance". I find that so appropriate as it is a very bold and striking flower. It goes my several common names as well, Scarlet Gilia, Scarlet Skyrocket, Scarlet Trumpet and Skunk Flower
Taken during a visit to Fairbanks, Alaska.
This image was created from a photograph of the gulls on a sand bar at the mouth of the Pajaro River. The Pajaro river empties into Monterey Bay in Northern California. This is a great birding area.