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Walking in fields of gold
Anyone who knows me, or for that matter, has ever drawn for me, knows how much I love poppies. California golden poppies are my favorite flower and it just so happened that skorzy caught wind that there was a massive bloom out near the poppy reserve around Lancaster.

So we hopped in the Subie and headed out for some springtime fun, or as I like to call it, "The Great Allergy Hunt of 2011", because lord knows as much as I love them, plants just don't love my sinuses. It was worth it though :) And I should point out, these photos are not color edited in any way, it was just a beautiful spring day in SoCal!


We headed out towards the poppy reserve but weren't seeing many poppies yet, so we figured we'd take the day and adventure through some public but obviously not often used dirt roads in the area. We still got some spectacular views, peppered with the occasional Joshua tree.

We happened upon a shooting area that also seemed to double as a hobo camp, but amongst the detritus and shells were pretty little yellow flowers called Goldfields.

We also found a smattering of Pineapple Weed. This stuff was previously misrepresented to me as wild chamomile (which honestly it looks and smells similar), but it is also edible and can be made into a tea. I just like to crush it up and sniff it.

We went up a few hills and turned a corner and...BOOF! Poppies!

We figured here was as good a place as any to sit down for a picnic lunch, being careful to pick as bare of an area as possible to sit.

Weirdly enough, we finally made it to the Antelope Valley poppy reserve and there were no poppies. Hardly any! The people at the visitor's center were directing folks to a place that was only vaguely in our area to "maybe" see some, but the roads we were on weren't really accessible with a regular family car so that could have been it. Also, the poppy reserve is apparently the home of the $50 Cafepress sweatshirt :P skorzy bought his traditional "official patch" and we were off for a small bit of geekery.

This unimpressive pile of rocks is actually one half of an extinct volcano. This is known as the Neenach volcanic formation. The other half of this volcano is in Pinnacles National Monument near Salinas...195 miles away. Yay for seismically active areas!

But really, I just came for the poppies.

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trufflehog From: trufflehog Date: April 8th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)
ohhhhhhh my god <3
westly_roanoke From: westly_roanoke Date: April 8th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
That third one is the cutest picture ever!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: April 8th, 2011 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you XD I lurves it too
seticat From: seticat Date: April 8th, 2011 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing the photos.
keovi From: keovi Date: April 8th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh man! This post has me on the verge of abandoning all responsibility and driving out there tomorrow! These photos are absolutely stunning! Will they still be blooming like this next weekend?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: April 8th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dunno! Jeff looks at the flower reports before we go do any of these things. Flower hunters will usually post photos of what they see and where, it just so happened that the day before we left, a flower hunter spotted these away from the reserve. We just searched online.

By that time the reserve may be blooming, but they're a lot stricter about where you can go because those are the poppies they harvest for seeds and its like a park, you can't go off trails, plus there's lots of people. On the plus side though, with this weekends rain there might be new growth by next weekend.

When you come over, ask Jeff, he's the map expert, he can give you a better idea than I can :)
redcoatcat From: redcoatcat Date: April 8th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Those are awesome photos! Thank you for sharing them! :D
iisaw From: iisaw Date: April 8th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
feather_dancer From: feather_dancer Date: April 8th, 2011 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Whoah that is a lot of poppies. I've honestly not thought of them other than the stupidly red ones that refuse to be transplanted in the garden. Lovely photos tho, now if only it was warm enough to do that here!
eski From: eski Date: April 8th, 2011 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that is fantastic looking! The bloom in the Colorado mountains is much more subtle, nothing as vast and eye-popping as this! Man I'd LOVE to see this bloom someday.
maggock From: maggock Date: April 8th, 2011 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Poppies! Man, these are pretty pictures... so much color. o_o
saribou From: saribou Date: April 8th, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of the biggest things I miss from CA (being a 3rd generation native, transplanted into 6 months of winter-ville) is the poppies. And the huge vistas. The sight of a california live oak on a hilside of yellow grass is enough to make me swoon.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: April 8th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually love driving through Bakersfield on my way up north for exactly that reason. :3 Lots of hills, lots of oak, lots of gold, and in March, its green!
chenneoue From: chenneoue Date: April 8th, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful! And no one else is out there enjoying? Sad.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: April 8th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not where we were, no. We didn't run into a single person until we got to the actual reserve, where we saw a couple tourists and some buddhist monks. I wish there were poppies there, because the orange of their robes and the orange of the poppies would have made an awesome photo.
chenneoue From: chenneoue Date: April 9th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, at least there were people somewhere... Sad that the monks weren't where the poppies where. That would have been a nice photo indeed!
corvidophile From: corvidophile Date: April 8th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
i am so jealous! not only do you get to see gorgeous flowers, but you don't have to wait another 3 months before seeing them! :(
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: April 8th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah it seems the rest of North America seems to be in perpetual winter, I dunno what it is, we've been having excellent weather! Of course usually by now its insanely hot and we only have one week of spring before it goes to summer, so I've been enjoying the extended "spring".
marurun From: marurun Date: April 8th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
The last photo, yeah, that would be me in a field of poppies too.
autumn_sunrise From: autumn_sunrise Date: April 8th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
AHHHHMAHGAHD I so wish I was there...it looks absolutely beautiful, and peaceful too! Bright oranges and yellows eeee!
from_memory From: from_memory Date: April 8th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
That looks like an awesome time!
katarina42 From: katarina42 Date: April 8th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh! Very prettiful :)
justblieve From: justblieve Date: April 8th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
So pretty <3

That last one is very Oz of you
ruggels From: ruggels Date: April 9th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's just cool. I recognize those mountains.
arbeywolf From: arbeywolf Date: April 9th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
So beautiful!
Definitely worth the allergy battle.
From: cojucote Date: April 10th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
You were meant to blog. It has inspired me to start my own blog on barrie dentist

datalore From: datalore Date: April 11th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those are beautiful pictures! We actually grew California poppies beside our house when I was little, waaaay up north in Saskatchewan. So cool to see them in the wild!
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