The brief youthful beauty of this flower may be gently fading into a decaying senescence, but it is not dying.
Rather, it is the beginning of new life.
The latent stamens work is done, and now it becomes rich food for the myriad beetles and other denizens who recycle the organic remains of this place.
Down underneath this floral landscape, the seed is set and will soon become fully realised within its own being.
Photo: Lily in the Dehesa. Courtesy of the author.