Hiking the California Poppy Preserve
Purple blooms against brilliant orange hillsides in the poppy reserve
By an edhat reader
Carpets of brilliant orange, intermixed with lupine and mustard flowers, sometimes dancing in the warm breeze, the California Poppy superbloom is a visual feast. Hiking in its midst is sublime.
We took these at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve on April 7, 2019. There are well-maintained trails so there was no need to step on any flowers. It's an easy and beautiful 1.5 hour drive from Santa Barbara from Highway 101 to Highway 126 to some canyon roads we'd never visited before. Along the way, we saw a LA Department of Water and Power substation built with a reservoir in the late 1920s as a work project with art deco styling.
I thought color contrast would make for more interesting photos, and that was challenging in a sea of almost solid electric orange. When I saw short purple flowers, I sat down on the trail and got the orange sea from the purple flower’s perspective. I like how the sunlight is hitting the tops of these lavendar blooms.
I also like diagonal landscape elements and am happy with how these slopes are colored and intersect. It was 86 degrees out. Would you believe there was snow dusting the tops of the San Bernardino Mountains in the distance?