It’s amazing to see colors splashed across the hillsides surrounding the California Poppy Reserve! Fields of yellow and orange, meadows of purple.
Tag: Nikon 24-120mm f4.0 ED VR
Today we went out to the California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster, California. In Los Angeles County, this is in the middle of nowhere, and here is where you see the beauty that was California before Los Angeles and urban sprawl took over. The rains of the past winter have produced an abundance of flowers – more than in many years. Here is the first of a series I took today.
It’s funny how weather can change from one place to another. We drove 70 miles, through canyons and back roads to get here. From our 71 F city we came into a cold (50 F) and very, very windy environment (30-50 mph winds). All I had for cold weather was a vest and a short-sleeved T-shirt. Brrrr!
This is a panorama of about 5 images.
Last summer a friend and I visited the Norton-Simon Museum in Los Angeles. Inside is amazing, and the sculpture garden is as well. The brilliant golds of the tree’s flowers and the grasses in the pond caught my eye.
The day we were out was gloomy and grey. The coastal fog was slung low overhead. We came from a sunny inland valley and ended up in the May Grey (now June Gloom) of the California coast. Colors pop on such days.
This guy was really accommodating when I asked if I could take his picture, and best of all was his smile!
I rather liked the combination of the blues and the boat name. All this stuff was piled in a bin next to the boat – not sure if it was storage or trash.
“Da Boids” is New York for “The Birds.” As in “Toity poiple boids all poiched in a twee, toity poiple boids all choipin at me. Choip, choip, choip.”
Anyway, these are some kind of water bird with little tail-like feathers on their heads. They stalk their prey, as does the heron, but on considerably shorter legs. Altogether, they are rather lovely, with their bright legs and blue feathers. They are found inland as well as near the shore.