There is a silver lining to all that crazy winter weather we had this year, and that is the incredible California wildflower super-bloom this spring.
I was worried that I would miss it since we had gone to New Mexico, where we experienced some horrendous winds. I love New Mexico, but this year wasn’t the best. By the time we got back through Arizona and into California, I thought the super-bloom might be over, but fortunately not!
On my list was a place Ray and I scouted out years ago, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster, California.
As we drove out there, we could see bright orange patches in the hillside and couldn’t believe we could see the poppies from so far away. The closer we got, the more intense the colours became.
These colours were so bright and saturated, they almost hurt the eyes! Just for the record, I did not increase the saturation in these photos. This is what it really looked like.
I feel so lucky to have had the chance to get out and see this. I haven’t been doing much photography lately because of some medical issues. I was in pain for two days after spending an hour walking around the poppy reserve photographing flowers with my lightest camera and lens. I really wanted to spend all day there and get out my macro lens and really go to town, but that isn’t in the cards for me right now.
I find it quite hard dealing with this setback, but getting out amongst the wildflowers reminds me that the beauty in the world is there to be enjoyed. Things might not be perfect, but I’m still here and there are good and beautiful things to experience. I needed this.
Since I haven’t been able to get out as much, I’ve been spending time playing with digital art in photoshop. I made the image below using Topaz Impression and applying a couple of overlays. It’s a pretty simple edit, but I hope you enjoy it!