Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Apparently, poppies hate wind. So do I.

Each spring, poppies and other wildflowers blanket the 1,800 acre / 728 hectare Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster, California. It’s something that I’ve wanted to see since moving to California. The poppies were right at their peak last week, so I drove up on Saturday, 20 April 2019 to check it out for myself.

When I arrived (and for a good part of my trip up), there was a constant 25-30 mph / 40-50 km/h wind blowing and, when that happens, the poppies’ petals roll up into themselves.  I can only imagine what the view would have been like on a calm day with the poppies fully opened. But, as you can see, it was still pretty impressive.

Some of the photos were actually taken outside of the poppy reserve itself.

Of course, the constant high winds made for steadying the camera and changing lenses on the dusty trails a real challenge.

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