Just poppies – Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

Earth laughs in flowers.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Hamatreya”

I took my own challenge from Get Outside Kids! blog entry and headed south to enjoy nature, great weather, and beauty with a group of students at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve and Arthur B  Ripley Desert Woodland State Park. Our active group not only enjoyed a bounty of color, fresh air and exercise, but also morphed into keen observers identifying at least 20 wildflower species, 2 gopher snakes, lizards, birds, and a plethora of stink bugs and ants. It was FANTASTIC!

The reserve is just a short trip west of Lancaster, CA or east of  Interstate 5 off of Highway 138 in southern California. With the wet winter and warm spring the poppies  are unfolding an amazing show of color this year.

TIPS:
– Fields along Highway 170 by the reserve are never-ending fields of color (if you find a Nikon lens cap on the west  field, it is mine)
-Get to the park early in the day BEFORE the crowds and bus tours!
MAP
-Just GO! and smile…

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve - April 16,2010

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve - April 16,2010

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve - April 16,2010

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