Poppies Are Popping: Antelope Valley and Beyond

Our state flower is making an orange-y show at its namesake preserve.

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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
It's the middle of March and our sunny state flower is going to town at Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.
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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
It's the middle of March and our sunny state flower is going to town at Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.
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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
Recent warm weather is "speeding up the season" says the Reserve's site. So rather than waiting for April, poppy-seekers should head out to the Lancaster-close expanse closer to mid- to late-March.
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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
Flowers are popping up here and there, but good spots to look for poppies include the "Lightening Bolt Trail to Kitanemuk Vista Point."
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Destination Lancaster
Destination Lancaster went with a super-orange (and purple) close-up of the poppy action on its Facebook page.
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Railtown 1897
Further north, in the foothills of the Sierra, the Movie Star Locomotive Sierra 3 choo-choos by our state flower, and other track-close buds.
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Ranger Steve/Anza Borrego Foundation
You may come across a poppy here and there, but the deserts are showing a different color. Yellow and purple offer different ends of the color wheel at Henderson Canyon Road in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
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Inn at Furnace Creek
Death Valley had a huge wildflower showing in 2005, and the 2015 petals are making a run for it. Will the late-winter wet weather pay off?
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Inn at Furnace Creek
Like sunshine on the desert floor, in Death Valley National Park.
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Inn at Furnace Creek
Death Valley National Park: Rain clouds in the distance could water in more wildflower goodness.
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Inn at Furnace Creek
Snowcaps in the distance and springtime flowers on the Death Valley floor.
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Inn at Furnace Creek
The hilly crevices of Death Valley are seeing an early show, too.
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