By Bruce Wendler

The World Of Poppies

State/Province/Region
CA
Country
US
Nearest Area
High Desert
Town
Lancaster
Brief Directions

Drive along the 14 to Antelope Valley and head West to the poppy preserve. If they are blooming, just follow the crowds.

Notes

Rattlesnakes love the fields so be careful. The Green Mohave is one of the worse. I like to get down and close to the poppies with my tripod legs spread out. This same day as this shot I felt something striking my tripod leg that I didn't see until I looked over to see what was tapping my setup. A Green Mohave rattler with only 3 rattles (a teenager, the worst) -- Yikes!

Description

Not far from the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve are large fields of wildflowers that carpet the floor. A late snow storm that left snow on the Tehachapi Mountains made for a perfect background. The challenge was the wind. Taking 12 shots at different focus points were used to help fill in the blurs and provide a sharp background. I found that it exciting to develop the shot as detail was brought out within the poppies showing me the diversity within the clusters. I imagine that must have been the feeling of seeing images develop in the dark room and picking up detail as they became sharp. Something the digital age doesn't appreciate.

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Date Added
October 7, 2013
Date Taken
October 7, 2013

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