We pulled into a turnoff to photograph the desert primroses, which were catching the light of the setting sun. As we focused in on the flowers we saw a blur of wings.
Was it a hummingbird, come to feast on the spring nectar?
No, it wasn't.
It was the largest and most brightly coloured hummingbird hawk moth I'd ever seen.
It blurred its way from flower to flower its wings in constant motion. As it hovered over a flower I managed to capture its image...
Panamint Mountains, Death Valley, California