With the rain we had last winter, we had a supper bloom for the California Poppy, this is taken at the California Poppy Reserve in Antelope Valley. I was not sure if I wanted to post thess because it was really more of a family pictures. While it is pretty amazing to witness miles and miles of flowers on these rolling hills, it is not easy to take very interesting photo of it, I was hoping for some interesting clouds, but not too much, because if there is not sun the flowers will not open...I was here just 5 days before John was here. In last image, you can see just how bad the traffic was as John mentioned.
I think we both uploaded at exactly the same time Way, miles apart across the oceans. :)
I am not sure why you think this is an interesting, its a gorgeous sea of orange poppies, which I have never seen here, which a good POV and depth. I would like to get in the field with my macro lens ;) I can imagine this place gets pretty crowded at poopy time, similar to cherry time in Washington DC.
Have a nice evening Way, I am just off to work .
W.Lim (2019/05/21 07:59:42): You're right, it would be fun to do some serious macro shots. With two children, I did have the time and energy :)
OMG, bro, I'm dying of envy! ;) How I would have loved to see this amazing super bloom (and your beautiful family) with my own eyes. It's absolutely awesome, even on screen. I can only imagine what it's like in person. Gorgeous series, and I particularly love that family photo in the LV. I would have hated to fight the traffic though. How long did it take to get to where you wanted to be? And how did the kids handle the car ride.
Big hugs and kisses,
Ah, I love how the family pano turned out. Tyler was not happy with the walk, he was not in a good mood, he usually love the hike and we would have to control him so he wouldn't run all over the place. We later knew why, he was just getting sick, that night he had a fever over 100 and was sick for a few days. So we didn't spend too much time there. It took us about 2 and a half hour to get there, Kids was napping in the back fortunately. We hike up the hill for about 45 minutes and didn't continue because of the kids and it was starting to look about the same amazing from anywhere. You can just park and looks, the only difference is the further you go, the less people.
it will happen again, we'll text you next time, so you can come over :)
Number 7 is my favorite as I did not think to shoot the traffic. It was a mess and I just wanted to get out it. Almost every third car had "looky Lou's" on board just stopping in the middle of the road to hold their cell phones out of the window and snap away ignoring the traffic behind. A nice series for sure.
W.Lim (2019/05/21 23:59:55): I know, even we had to slow down in awe when we first got there, it was pretty crazy. We expected it, but still was shock to see just how bad it was. Guess everyone else wanted to see it just like us, and most of them are city folks instagramers and selfie takers, not the type that respect nature. Even us had to take a few with us in the pictures...
The sea of flowers is beyond our imagination, this is a dream, there is so many as far as we can see. Lovely family images in the series, great the LV. I have watched the YouTubes a while ago too :-) By the way they showed the poppies in our newspaper too but it was not about the flowers a lot but about the terrible traffic and how Instagram had changed this "landscape" too. Ha, I guess I would still go :-)
W.Lim (2019/05/23 00:22:13): Instagram is a media exposure, kind of like an advertisement, it used to be you have to read the newspaper to know this kind of stuff, so not as many people read every page of the newspaper, not everyone has instagram or it is on Google page and Yahoo page. so everyone see it and want to go there, and off course us photographers show lots of beautiful pictures of it on line too, so they all want to take photos with themselves in it....
I have never seen such a glorious bloom. You did a great job of taking pictures with two small children! Your pano is my favorite both for the fine fine detail and the joy you share. However the main has almost as much detail and it is amazing that you captured such a wide view without other flower lovers. In the rest of the series my favorite is the joy your daughter shares with you. I didn't think Ty was full of his usual vigor & enthusiasm! I was jealous of the beauty in which you were reveling until I saw the traffic in the last image! HLJ x4, P
W.Lim (2019/05/24 06:18:04): Thanks Pat, for the kind words.
Even with that many people, fortunately, it is such wide area and the supper bloom, we were able to find some view point without people in it. It is mostly bad on the street and there was only a parking lot at the end where the visitor center is. So the rest had to park on the side of the street. So it created a jam, but at least it wS miles and miles of hill with the flowers. So you could stop any where and still see the flowers.