If you went to school in California, you may already know that the California Poppy, that beautiful small golden flower that grows in gorgeous bunches, is our state flower. The bloom even has its own holiday, April 6, which is known as California Poppy Day.

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California Poppies in the Antelope Valley on April 15, 2018

 

One of the most popular places to see Poppies near Los Angeles is the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, which is a state-protected area located about 15 miles west of Lancaster. When the Poppy’s blooming season is good, the reserve treats the visitor to miles of orange colored fields. However, the blooming season is dependent on the amount of rainfall received during winter and early spring, and this year’s rain was late in winter and the spring heat is already overwhelming the flowers that managed to grow.

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California Poppies in the Antelope Valley on April 15, 2018

 

Yours truly visited the Reserve on April 14 and, if truth must be told, there were more flowers growing on the hill across the road from it than in it. This was well noticed by the visitors looking for Poppy fields.

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Visitors in search of the California Poppy fields – April 15, 2018

 

If you are planning to visit the Poppies this year, you may want to do that very soon. Meanwhile, enjoy these pictures!