Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve displays a brilliant orange carpet of California Poppies every spring. 70 miles north of Los angeles and 20 miles west of Lancaster, this reserve blooms between mid March to early May, influenced largely by the weather.
We went based on wildflower forecasts on the internet and it turned out to be the perfect day. Poppies were in full bloom painting the valley in a vibrant orange. Some of the other flowers that bloomed in the valley were Phacelia, Lathenia (goldfield), Bristly fiddleneck and Blue gilia. It was a hot and windy day but we managed to get few good pictures.
We may have gone a couple of weeks too early for the show. There were absolutely no poppies, only a few buds here and there. But the landscape was not arid by any means. Desert grass swayed to the wind, goldfields and other tiny pink and purple wildflowers were a beauty along the trails. It was not disappointing after all.