Antelope Valley Poppies
Each spring, the Central Valley of California offers a wildflower display that covers southern deserts, including the Sonoran Deserts, from Organ Pipe National Monument to Anza-Borrego and the Mojave Desert. This photograph was taken on my trip to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in the Mojave Desert near Palmdale. In the 1800s, great fields of poppies grew wild, all over the state. The only large fields left in California are found here, in the western end of the Antelope Valley.
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Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.