Scarlet Bottlebrush or ?
I took this photo way back in January near San Francisco. I have been too lazy to try and figure out what is. Considering that I am a botanist, this is very lazy! But Monterey John posted a beautiful photo today that lit a fire under me!
My first photo is of the inflorescence just opening up, while the second photo is from the same shrub but in full flower.
The third photo is a low-growing succulent that I could see was full of cobwebs when I got close to snap this picture. And no…I don’t know what it is!