Saturday, May 10, 2014


Today we said farewell to Joshua Tree N.P. and headed for Death Valley. There were reports that the California poppy fields in Antelope Valley were blooming quite well. So we were hoping we would be able to
take advantage of it. Along the way we stopped in Victorville at the Route 66 Museum as we had geocache hunters in the group who knew a bit about it. We enjoyed a stop there, and reliving the flower people of the 60’s. George and I used to drive through the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco regularly during his commute to Treasure Island Naval Station in the mid-60’s.

Desert Mallow


The poppies were in bloom in good sized patches. The problem was that the wind was blowing quite hard. We were able to photograph them and stop the movement at ISO 800 with a shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second. It was a challenge and another learning experience – trying to capture a star burst at the edge of the flower. Still have to practice that technique!!

Blowing in the Wind


  1. Nice job with wind blown flowers. Love the purple hair look. ;)

  2. Thanks. Do not think it would pass muster with NPS, but times change.