One of my favorite things about Yosemite is the huge amount of diversity. This applies even to the plant life. There's tons of crazy spider lupins everywhere down in the valley. However, during spring in the higher areas of Yosemite you can run across this amazingly spectacular plant. Per the Yosemite website: "Another set of wildflowers emerge before the snows completely melt in the higher forests and meadows along the Glacier Point Road, climbing to more than 7,000 feet in elevation. The unusual looking snow plant pops out through thin layers of the remaining snow. The snow plant lacks any green because it doesn’t photosynthesize, instead feeding off soil fungi. Its red color attracts hummingbirds, which feed from its bell shaped flowers."
The snow plant is VERY visible but finding just the right one in just the right lighting is no easy task. I am EXTREMELY pleased with how this shot came out. For a flower shot, I think it has style. Well, at least my style
Due to a pretty decent amount of interest in this plant here's the wiki on this "parasitic flower" (Sarcodes sanguinea). It's really quite fascinating how this plant grows! wiki here - [link]