The Siberian American: California Road Trip: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Monday, September 28, 2015

California Road Trip: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

I have always wanted to take photos in a giant field of flowers. Growing up in Texas, I loved seeing photos of people surrounded by bluebonnets, but my family never took any because my parents didn’t get the point of it. Temecula to Morro Bay was our longest day of driving on our road trip, and I love to break up long hours of driving with fun stops. When I saw the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve was on our route, I knew we had to try to stop there.

The week leading up to our trip, I kept (obsessively) checking the bloom status of the poppies, and everything looked good to go. Sadly, by the time we got there, the poppies were mostly gone. The park volunteers told us the season had started and ended a month earlier than anticipated due to the weather. Even so, we still found a beautiful patch to enjoy and take photos.
California poppies are California’s state flower, and their vibrant orange hue is a beautiful sight. Although we didn’t get to see huge fields of poppies, I am still glad we stopped to enjoy the views of the Mojave Desert.

Catch up on our California Road Trip: 

19 comments:

  1. I lived in CA for 5 years and never saw this! What a fun time!

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  2. I wanted to do this so bad when we were in California last year, but we didn't have time to do it! Even though it wasn't their season, I'm still glad you got to see the poppies! They were so pretty!

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  3. These pictures are gorgeous! I've only been to CA once... and it was just for a flight layover. My boyfriend has family there though, so hopefully we'll make it out there soon.

    Sarah
    Midwest Darling

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    1. I hope you make it to California soon, Sarah! It's one of my favorite places to visit. :)

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  4. Oh man these photos are stunning girlie!! Literally stunning!

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  5. These pictures are amazing!! So beautiful.

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  6. It looks gorgeous there! I miss CA..

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  7. Okay so explain the bluebonnet thing. I'm working on planning a national conference with people from Texas and they keep talking about bluebonnets like crazy. I just don't get it.

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  8. These turned out great!! I'm glad you finally got your picture in the flowers. To be honest I kind of like the poppies better than blue bonnets! Shhhh tell no-one from, Texas!

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  9. How absolutely gorgeous are these photos! Love the ones with you in them! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  10. Gorgeous photos of the flowers and you guys! Almost reminds me of the field of poppies that Dorothy and the gang ran through in the Wizard of Oz <3

    Green Fashionista

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  11. Gorgeous flowers and people! I would absolutely want to stop there too. :)

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  12. Isn't it sad? I've lived here pretty much my whole life and have never taken a picture in a field of poppies.

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  13. How gorgeous! I'm glad you guys found some poppies even though the season had been funky.

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  14. I don't think I would have left that field! SO pretty! Glad you were able to find a patch even though they were out of season already!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  15. These pictures are GORGEOUS! I'd love to take a trip out west sometime soon.

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  16. how gorgeous! i have never even seen a field full of flowers, let alone taken photos in one. hopefully one day!

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  17. Oh my gosh how beautiful! I LOVE poppies and I might need to add this to my bucket list!

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