“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.” Virgil A. Kraft
“When spring is dancing among the hills, one should not stay in a dark little corner.” Kahlil Gibran
The other day I headed out to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to find some poppies. I was very successful! This year is proving to be another Super Bloom.
I drove to the Poppy Reserve via Tehachapi and Rosamond and then on into Lancaster. There are usually some poppy fields along Avenues D and I before getting to the Poppy Reserve. This year was no different. Intermixed with the poppies were some small patches of Fiddleneck, Goldfields, Baby Blue Eyes, and the start of Lupine.
John Steinbeck (East of Eden, 1952) was accurate in his description of these fields of color: ”On the wide level acres of the valley the topsoil lay deep and futile. It required only a rich winter of rain to make it break forth in grass and flowers. The spring flowers in a wet year were unbelievable. The whole valley floor, and the foothills too, would be carpeted with lupins and poppies.”
John Muir was rather poetic: “When California was wild, it was the floweriest part of the continent.”
The closer I got to the Poppy Reserve, the greater the crowds. Cars were parked along the roadside as people wandered out into the fields. Such traipsing is technically not illegal on land outside of the Reserve. I would have been in line about an hour to get into the Reserve itself and start looking for parking. Too many people.
I really prefer the flowers!
“Every natural object is a conductor of divinity and only by coming into contact with them. . . may we be filled with the Holy Ghost.” John Muir
“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” Shakespeare
Spring breezes are a constant companion when out enjoying the poppies. John Keats noted the same thing: Through the Dancing Poppies stole a breeze most softly lulling to my soul.”
I headed home via I-5, so I could drive the Gorman Post Road. Poppies and Lupine are usually in bloom along this short stretch. This year, they have not fully arrived yet. Only one or two poppies were evident and a plant or two of lupine were not yet in full bloom. The hills were mainly covered by Kern Tarweed.
It was another delightful spring afternoon.
This post is my response to Lens-Artist Photo Challenge 39: Hello April.