Monday, April 28, 2014

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

One of my favorite bloggers, Setarra of Quaintrelle, has a new linkup that takes place the last Friday of each month called #ResidentTourist Link Up. The goal is to be a tourist in your own nook of the world. Fun right? I may be a few days late but wanted to join the party, so today I'm blogging about a local adventure I took last week to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve!

Antelope Valley is in Southern California, but about a two hour drive from where I live so I'd never been. I'd heard about the poppies - California's State Flower - and always wanted to visit so each year but they are only in bloom from mid-March to mid-May when the conditions are right. This year we had a few days of rain, and for our constantly-in-drought-region, that was all the poppies needed to spring up all over.

These images don't really do the flowers justice, but the poppies were so beautiful and plentiful!


Be sure to check out #ResidentTourist Link Up! And if you live in SoCal, a trip to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a must. With the rain we got this weekend the conditions are expected to be even better than those I experienced.


35 comments:

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

How pretty and so bright they are, I need to be a tourist in my own city sometimes. Looks like a great place to visit, glad you got out there to see them in bloom.

Mal said...

What a wonderful place, love these flowers!!

Whitney and Blaire said...

I love poppies! I bet that was beautiful. Thanks for hosting the link up!
xo, Whitney and Blaire
Peaches In A Pod

Elle Sees said...

love this! lots of photo-taking opps there.

Amy - Louise said...

Such lovely photos, I've never seen poppies this colour before!

Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie said...

I love the idea of being a tourist in your own city! Your pix are beautiful!

Nichole @ casadecrews.com said...

I love how you're sitting in the patch! I think the flowers look so pretty

Love, Iris said...

Those yellow flowers are incredibly beautiful! Great photo's of Antelope Valley! I need to go there, it looks so beautiful!

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

Gorgeous pictures! Those flowers are so beautiful, I love how vibrant they are!

Mree said...

What a great idea.
Those flowers are gorgeous!!

Best, Mree

Ginnie said...

Wow! Those poppies are so gorgeous. I wish I would have seen that when I lived in CA!

Sarah Tucker said...

Oh my gosh this brings me wayyy back! I was born in Palmdale and lived in Antelope Valley until I was 5, so I have so many pictures in the poppies!

Lauren said...

how beautiful!!! i didn't even know this existed!!

Christina said...

This is so cool. I didn't realize how pretty they were. Or that they were CA's state flower!

Paulina @ Color Me Brave said...

I love all those flowers. Just makes me want to skip in them.

Kathrin@shopschoolsleep said...

I've never heard of this before!! do you remmeber in elementary school...if you somehow had a poppy flower you would put it under your chin to get the glow of the flower reflected onto your face? i think it was a 6th grade science project or something hahahah

Lindsay @ Lovely Life Styling said...

That place looks so pretty!! Reminds me of the Wizard of Oz!!

Kimberlee VDW said...

That's so awesome! I want to lay in a field of flowers hehe

Alyson said...

WOW! Gorgeous flowers and captures! Looks like such a wonderful and perfect day to experience the poppies in all of their glory:)

Cheers,
Alyson

Jill G said...

Beautiful poppies! I have never seen yellow ones before! Such a good idea to be a tourist in your own town!

Jill
dousedinpink.blogspot.com

Alexa said...

Ah those poppies...so incredibly beautiful! :)

Setarra said...

1. Thank you soo much for linking up!
2. I had no idea what Cali's national flower was until now so thank you for that lesson.
3. These poppy flowers are so vibrant and gorgeous! I can only imagine how beautiful they looked in real life!
4. Antelope Valley has been added to my ever growing "West Coast To-Do List". Now I just need to get my ass on a plane and actually make it happen. Hopefully sooner than later!!

Sabina B said...

thnx for hosting and that tipp. Already when on my list of where to go when visiting next time! Sabina @Oceanblue Style

The City Boy said...

wow its so pretty! You never realize how many awesome things are right here at home

awhite said...

Oooh, so gorgeous! That vibrant orange color- wow!

Joining the link up! :)

-Ashley
http://lestylorouge.com

taislany.com said...

omg.. the background is amazing!!
lovely pictures..


Lots of love,
www.taislany.com

Maggie Donnelly said...
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Maggie Donnelly said...

How awesome is this?!?!?! I just discovered this link up through my best friend over at Topaz N Pearls. I'm hoping that you have this link up every Monday because winter is over and spring is here and I'm ready to meet some new blogger friends!!!!!! =)

Can't wait to read more of your blog!
Love the happy blogging world!

Maggie

echosoftheheartdobeat.blogspot.com
(Sweet Peas and Lucky Honey)

J Trogstad said...

The flowers are so gorgeous! So pretty!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Living back in DC we are definitely learning to be tourists in our city!

cynthia said...

I grew up in Lancaster and my boyfriend actually grew up way out there just a couple miles away from the poppy fields!
Fun to see you blogging about it. It's about the ONLY nice thing about the Antelope Valley, but hey... I love poppies! :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

So many poppies!!!!

Amanda @ A Good Hue said...

Pretty! When I was younger my parents took me and sister out there for the day to see the poppies... only the season was late and they hadn't bloomed yet :(
We ended up going another time to see them but it wasn't this robust, I'll have to go again!

Whitney Mills said...

Wow beautiful!!!

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Susan F. said...

I love California Poppies! What gorgeous photos! I found this from the Lifestyle Sistas Our Top 5 Linkup.