April 6, 2008

Tom and I took a drive to Lancaster today to experience some California poppy action. We drove an hour to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve to experience what was touted as peak blooming time and we were hell-bent on getting some kick-butt photos.

We were not disappointed. Well, maybe just a little. Although the hills were ablaze with the delicate red-headed beauties, high winds had caused the flowers to become shy and close themselves up. Still the experience was akin to a scene right out of the Wizard of Oz. But instead of curling up and taking a snooze amongst the firey blooms, like Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion, we found ourselves being literally pushed and tossed about by what must have been at least 60 mph winds.

One poor chap had his glasses blow right off his face and spent quite a bit of time searching through the shrubbery to find them. It was as if Mother Nature was playing hide and seek with him. Not sure if he ever did find them. Chalk one up for Mama Natch.

Meanwhile, Tom and I took turns standing with our arms outstretched, like a couple of goofy kids, leaning forward and letting the wind hold us up. It felt a bit like flying, flying over a red carpet of paaahhhhhhhppies!

So, if you’re ever in the area, say around April, you really must stop by and see this wonder of the natural world. But hopefully, for your full enjoyment, the winds will be a bit more tame and the wee poppies will be coaxed into opening up and showing their full glory.

19 Responses to “poppies”

  1. Eric Orchard Says:

    Ah! You’re so good!
    I love this picture.I’m noticing how appealing I find your palette as well.

  2. Nancy Lefko Says:

    super cute illustration to go along with a great story, that conjured up a mental image that made me smile !!!

  3. Faruffa Says:

    Cute and funny, I love the irony with which you can represent things of life!!!

  4. tombarrett Says:

    Ha! Too funny. Isn’t it almost always that way. You drive with high hopes only to have something go bad. looks like you made the best of it. I am surprised that the mouse was able to hold on long enough for you to draw him. 😉

  5. He, he.. too cute Linda :o)
    Love the perspective on this one as well as the colors.. so lovely.

    I love the fact that you and Tom seem to travel a lot… how wonderful.. I wish I could travel more frequently. I love my house and tend to be in it a lot, but when I travel i realize how amazing it is to go out and see the world, makes you feel alive, doesn’t it?

  6. artseafartsea Says:

    That’s a great illo. Colors are vibrant! Where do u get the ideas? Oh yeah u r very creative.

  7. artseafartsea Says:

    Oh by the by. How did u get that mouse to hang on long enuf to sketch him?

  8. Wow, I have been away awhile, tons to catch up on! I love this, beautiful treatment of the poppies, and I love the bits of canvas texture in there. And of course, that wee mouse looks a little rat-like to me, and there’s nothing dearer to my heart these days! Love his one closed eye, I end up doing the same thing in the wind, one of my eyes sends tears streaming down my face if I don’t.

    Sounds like an interesting getaway, at least. Poor dude with no glasses would have had an interesting drive home.

  9. Bobo's slave Says:

    Let’s pray for the poor little mouse that the stem won’t break off.

  10. elizabeth Says:

    What a great artistic version of your own experience. I hope our little friend doesn’t blow away!

  11. My favorite part is the taking turns standing in the wind! You two have so much much!….together, you soar!
    Nice illustration too!

  12. Ok I meant to say so much fun together!… Duh!!!!

    Love the caddy in Tom’s photos!

  13. studio lolo Says:

    That little guy better hang on for dear life or he’ll be airborne for sure with those ears! He’ll be earborne!
    This is soooooo great! Love the red poppies. But hey, what about our golden poppies? I’d love to see fields of red ones. You’re so luckyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!
    It’s pretty windy here too, what’s up with that?

  14. eli Says:

    Really great color and movement! I also really like the dragon in your last post, great expression on him.

  15. kim Says:

    Oh wow! I love this picture! THe squinty little eyes are perfect. I can really feel the movement of the piece.

  16. froggie Says:


    i can’t wait til my poppies show up. such a fast show but worth every moment! :))

  17. Mary Says:

    Love the picture! I can feel the wind 🙂

  18. Ro Says:

    Gorgeous Illustration and Terrific photos.

    One can see you have quite a big sense of humor and a contagious passion for life.
    Thanks for open this window so I could grasp a ray of sunshine for my boring day. 😀
    I wish I could be there this weekend, windy or not, I’ll carry a couple of stones in my pockets… but I’m afraid I’m quite far away…

  19. Katie Says:

    I found this from google image and am completely obsessed! I adore it.

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