Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve

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California poppies Eschscholzia californica flowering in Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve

It’s a great year for California wildflowers and I finally was able to photograph Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve.

California poppies Eschscholzia californica flowering in Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve

It was my fourth try in 16 years.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a State Natural Reserve in Lancaster and part of the Mohave Desert grassland habitat in Southern California.  It is four square miles of wildflowers with plenty of wide trails that makes them easy to see without trampling.

Visitors taking photographs on trails through California poppies flowering in Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve

I finally hit a good year.  In the past it has either been too windy or too few flowers.  This year I was a bit early for the peak but that allowed for some spacing between clusters.

California poppies flowering in Antelope Valley Preserve with Lasthenia californica, California Goldfields

I usually want early morning or late afternoon light but poppies only open fully during the middle of the day, the worst light for landscape photography.  I got lucky with high overcast.  The poppies glowed.

California poppies Eschscholzia californica flowering in Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve

There are plenty of other wildflowers in the Preserve, and again, because I was bit early for the peak carpeting of orange, nestled among the poppies I found Goldfields, Fiddlenecks, Lupines, and Phlox.

Amsinckia tessellata, Bristly Fiddleneck flowering with California poppies in Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve

And every so often just so that nature can show a bit of diversity I found yellow poppies.

Yellow form – California poppies Eschscholzia californica flowering in Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve

It’s  great year to visit and the bloom will be going on into late April.  Here are a few just waiting to pop.

California poppies Eschscholzia californica flowering in Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve

Hooray for the good winter rains.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I have seen other images of the poppy superbloom but your’s surpass them all. The colours are so clear and brilliant. So glad that your patience was finally rewarded. Thanks for sharing.

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