California Wild PoppiesPosted: April 8, 2009
As most of you know Janice and Kevin enjoy taking time to hike around California. Janice will photograph while Kevin roams around helping her find new things to shoot. Recently they went to Antelope Valley in Southern California to enjoy the California state flower, the Golden Poppy. These are some of her photographs of the day. They are available in her archive.
She recommend the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. Taken from their website:
Each spring, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve comes alive with the seasonal surprises of the Mojave Desert Grassland habitat. The duration and intensity of colors and scents vary from year to year, affected by differences in winter’s precipitation. Wildlife includes gliding hawks, singing meadow larks, lots of side-bloched lizards zipping across the trail, gopher snakes and rattlesnakes. If you’re lucky, you may spot a coyote or bobcat. Benches located along the trails make good places to sit quietly and watch for wildlife. Numerous burrows around the trails may house mice, gophers, kangaroo rats, beetles, scorpions, or snakes that have taken them over.
The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center, offering a short video, wildlife and plant displays and gift shop, will be open daily for the duration of the wildflower season. Nearby, shaded picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with an interpretive display and a serene view over the valley to the San Gabriel Mountains.
During the wildflower season, free guided public tours are offered if staff is available at:
10 AM & 2 PM weekends
11 AM on weekdays
A couple more photos:
We at SJP wish you all a happy Spring!