Monday, April 17, 2017

Visiting California's wildflower bloom at Antelope Valley...

Following a political protest it's always nice to escape the city and clear your head, so on Easter Sunday we decided to drive out to Antelope Valley's California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster to disconnect and enjoy the wonder of nature.

Springtime in California
California wildflower poppy bloom Antelope Valley
After all the rainfall this season which has helped end most of California's drought conditions, the wildflowers are blooming and they are a beautiful spectacle to behold.
Parked cars Antelope Valley wildflower bloom
Obviously we're coming late to the party (as always) and the fields of poppies have become an Instagram and family portrait favourite, a bit like the mirrored Mirage House in Palm Springs, so there were lots of other visitors trampling through the flora.
California wildflower bloom Antelope Valley
There was a lovely soft, warm wind as we walked around snapping away with everyone else, trying to capture the perfect picture, but these photos don't really do the vibrant orange spectacle justice.
Poppy wildflowers Antelope Valley
Yes, this was the perfect antidote to politics, bombs, taxes and everyday life. You can keep Coachella, this was far more relaxing and reinvigorating.
Antelope Valley wildflower bloom
Sadly we'd read online that no dogs were allowed, otherwise we'd have taken Cooper (he was actually born nearby at a ranch in Acton), but that didn't seem to stop anyone else from bringing their pooches along.
Poppies Antelope Valley
In the past we'd have travelled thousands of miles to vacation in California and now living in L.A. all this beauty is right on our doorstep.

We really must try and stop and smell the poppies more often, and truly make the most of this beautiful place that we call home...

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