Yellow to orange sticky monkeyflowers are common near us and we see them on many of our trips. We always enjoyed seeing more. In bright sunlight, the flowers can seem to have flat, monochrome color. Given the right light, the camera picks up subtle variations making a pretty image.
There was a stiff wind in the river bed; getting decent photos with the plants waving in the wind was challenging. I had not see this species for years since I tried and failed to establish it on the edge of a small intermittent creek in a restoration area in Heather Farm Park. Seeing it growing in a river bed that would have several feet of water after winter rains , gave me a clue about this plant's growing conditions. The seeds probably need lots of water before germination!