Location is approximate. My GPS gave is giving bogus values.
Early in April I made a midweek trip down to the California Poppy Reserve to witness a portion of this years super bloom of wildflowers. With the late winter storms in late January and all of February brought out a wildflower bloom that exceeds the normal bloom for this time of the year. The State of California has set aside numerous acres in the Antelope Valley, in the western Mojave Desert, to protect the state flower. Like I said I arrived in midweek and was surprised that I could not get into the park because of the number of visitors. Automobiles were parked on the both side of the county road for at least a half-mile in both directions of the entry road. Because of this I searched around and found some roads along the outside perimeter of the park and was able to make images of the bloom. With an auto I was able to find lots of places to pull over and photograph without people in the fields and in many cases be alone.
This series will show the poppy bloom near the park but if one explores a little farther afield you will find other photographic sites that have a bit more interest. The main image was taken to the NW of the park and about a half-mile off the road.
In the following series PLEASE turn on the orange "i" above the image to view a description of the image.
A wonderful combination of note and photos! What a variety of colours, what a splendour. I like especially the contrast to the sky - really overwhelming. Photos which one should have in reach on a grey, cold and and dark winter day ...
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1) first to go to the reserve
2) to find a place without almost any people, just to reccord the nature in blossom
3) for the camera settings, though a blurred foreground should have been great. Did you try?
Nice contrasting hues
A gorgeous series from the California Poppy Reserve. All photos are beautiful and well done. I also like your description of the exposure details of each photo. All photos could be separate uploads. I like your choice for the main photo. It has a great variety of colours and a fine contrast with the darkish sky.
what a beautiful image and how lucky that you were to experience this. Some day, I also hope to experience a super bloom in person, but until then, your gorgeous picture will tide me over. :)
Take good care,
jwmunro (2019/04/29 18:29:22): Thanks for the visit and comment Linda. There really is no way to predict a super bloom. We had a lot of rain last year and the bloom in the sierra was blah and so was the desert. This year rain was late and a lot of if and the desert explode from Mexico to the Tehachapies. The Sierra foothills were better than last year but kind of blah. A bit of hit and miss IMO. The same pattern in the Rockies every July - hit and miss.
I'm experiencing severe California flower envy!! My favorite is #2 for the FG detail of the poppies, & the distant flower lovers are surprisingly important. They add depth to the image. Still your main has perfect cloud detail and an actual carpet of color, tough choice! ...and then there is the excellent detail in your Joshua Tree blossom. The way you famed close up detail is just amazing. Then there is the best flower detail of all in your vertical image. Even the lupine are defined. the tree snag adds nice balance, I remember the 2017 spring almond bloom with an ache of nostalgia. Hlj x4, Pat
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Stunning shot of the super bloom. I love the yellow foreground leading to the Orange poppies...I might have pan down to get more of the bloom and less of the sky to where it eliminate the sky all together. I like the dark cloudy sky, but sunny landscape.