of California Poppies

Antelope Valley, CA– I had to leave New York for a second so I went to California.

Hills draped with a bright orange carpet of flowers laced with purple and yellow. Thin dirt trail necklaces. A preserve for escholtiza californica. Golden poppies.

What an elegant undertaking. The California Poppy Reserve. Parks for wildlife. Preserves for wildflowers? A gesture of confidence. Of pride. Unknown even to locals