Antelope Valley Wildflowers
March 15, 23, and 29, 2005
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March 29 was sunny, but cold and very windy.
Lake Hughes Road runs through a canyon bearing the scars of several recent landslides.
Crews are still working to remove debris along the road.
Goldfields cover the hills along Munz Ranch Road
California Poppies are blooming in abundance in the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve. Many plants have not yet bloomed, so the show is going to get better.
There are many patches of Owl's Clover among the Goldfields.
Grazing sheep can't be good for the flowers.
The hills are still covered mostly by Goldfields.
Some of the desert near the town of Boron is carpeted in Goldfields. They rippled as turbulent gusts of air rolled across the ground.
Driving home at sunset on 110 St. W.
March 23 was a day of turbulent weather. Sunlight peeked through gaps in the drifting cumulus clouds.
Isolated showers were blowing across the desert east of Palmdale.
I headed west on Avenue G toward the hills of the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve. The shoulders of many of the roads in the Antelope Valley are soggy bogs with large pools of water.
I entered the east side of the preserve from 110 St. W.
It was too cloudy for the poppies to open up. They were scattered among the Goldfields and Owl's Clover.
The big poppy bloom will be in early April.
Most areas are covered in Goldfields with lots of immature poppy plants.
Owl's Clover favors the bottoms of the hillside gullys.
March 15 was a beautiful day for a drive to the desert. Clear skies and windy in places. The high desert is still pretty chilly during the day.
The flowers are not in full bloom yet. Hills that will be orange with poppies are now yellow with goldfields.
Silver Queen Mountain is a short distance southwest of Mojave.
There's a lot of evidence of recent mining activity on the mountain.
Joshua Tree grove near the town of Neenach.
The Joshua Trees are in full bloom.
Here's the wide angle view.
A display of wildflower pictures from a trip to Death Valley during the first weekend in April 2005. Stops along the way include the Antelope Valley, Inyo Mountains, Alabama Hills, Augereberry Point, Wildrose Canyon, and the Padre Crowley Overlook above the Panamint Valley.
Figueroa Mountain in Santa Barbara County is home to a wide variety of wildflowers.
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