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2014 Southern California Wildflower Reports

May 20, 2014 Lee reports: The annual field flowers are gone for the most part, the yuccas are getting their bloom on now. Going up Lone Pine Canyon Rd (the back way to Wrightwood) there are a few thousand white spikes of yuccas on both sides of the road over a 5 mile stretch, with a few flannel bush thrown in for good measure.

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May 20, 2014 Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve reports: The last update of the season- there's still a few poppies, but they're pretty small and mostly yellow. And it's hot out there! There's a smattering right up the trail at the east end of the parking lot, and a couple good patches along the lower Antelope loop still going. I'd give it a couple weeks until they're completely done. The buckwheat is now flowering along the south facing slopes.

May 11, 2014 Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve reports: The season is coming to a close but there are still good patches of poppies at the east end of the park, along the Antelope Loop trail. Most other wildflowers have gone to seed but the beavertail cacti now have lovely pink blooms and the buckwheat will be blooming soon.

Poppies open up on nice days, but they curl up if it's windy and cold, so check the weather forecast before arriving. It is frequently windy here during the spring. The other wildflowers stay open, however, making a mosaic of color that changes daily. The weather can change suddenly, so bring a jacket. This is a desert grassland, so bring water and drink often. Bottled water is available for purchase in the interpretive center.

May 7, 2014 CTS reports: Mojave, Ca Sierra Trails RV Park area - Desert Calico, some Beavertail Cacti, Desert Willow, Creosote Bush are blooming. One has to look along roadsides. this photo of Desert Calico taken 5-4-14

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May 5, 2014 Daniel reports: Hiking at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. There are not many flowers at the entrance/parking lot; however, there is a good showing of poppies on two hills on the trails. Taking the park member's recommendation, I took the trail behind the visitor center up to Kitonemuk Vista Point then made a right turn up at the next junction on the Lightning Bolt trail. From the top of the hill all the way down to the Antelope Trail South Loop is where I saw the best concentration of wildflowers with my pictures taken toward the bottom of the hill. The Park's website says that the peak has already past but viewing might still be good for a couple more weeks. Photos taken 4/29

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May 4, 2014 Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve reports: As of May 4, the peak has passed but there are still beautiful fields of poppies for probably the next couple weeks, mostly on the slopes along the Antelope Loop trail at this time. Many wildflowers have gone to seed but the beavertail cacti now have lovely pink blooms and the buckwheat will be blooming soon.

Poppies open up on nice days, but they curl up if it's windy and cold, so check the weather forecast before arriving. It is frequently windy here during the spring. The other wildflowers stay open, however, making a mosaic of color that changes daily. The weather can change suddenly, so bring a jacket. This is a desert grassland, so bring water and drink often. Bottled water is available for purchase in the interpretive center.

May 2, 2014 Robin reports: Taken on Munz Ranch Rd on 4/30/14

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April 28, 2014 Bob reports: Most of these were along Lake Elizabeth Road just west of Munz Ranch Road; the first one was at the junction, near where the ones in previous posts were taken. While the poppies are densest on the NW corner of the junction, the flower mixture is better a half a mile further west, where the phacelia, chia, popcorn and others are more prevalent. The phacelia is the densest flower on these hills across from Lake Elizabeth [north side of the road]. If you continue another mile or so, there's a dense stand of chia growing in the burn area; please keep off the burn area here, it's posted to let it recover.

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April 28, 2014 Susan reports: Went to Lake Elizabeth from the Poppy Reserve. I turned right on Munz Ranch Road (a few miles toward Lancaster past the Reserve.) At the end of the road I turned right and a few blocks from there the hillsides were carpeted with many types of flowers. Also took photos on Munz Ranch Road and then on 110th Street from I St to K St. Other various displays of poppies on corner of Lancaster Rd and 170th and around Neenach off of Hwy 138. Gorman was showing some beginning of color.

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April 26, 2014 BLM reports: "Ironwood" (Olneya tesota) and is currently blooming in the washes of the Cargo Muchacho Mountains in southeastern California. Grab the kids, take a drive along Ogilby Road in Imperial County and Take It Outside! Watch for bees!

April 22, 2014 Juan reports: Munz Road off Lake Elizabeth Road, poppies and phacelia are carpeting the hill, gold fields, chia, lupine,desert dandelions here and there. In late afternoon, the slope with thousands of purple phacelia is in the shadow, so get there earlier to take better pictures.

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April 21, 2014 David reports: Saturday at Lake Elizabeth area. South of poppy preserve, East end of lake, North side. By the south end of Muntz Ranch road.

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April 21, 2014 Robert reports: Going west on Lancaster Road from the Poppy Reserve toward Quail Lake there are several large, dense fields of poppies, much more concentrated than at the reserve. This picture is from April 19, 2014.

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April 21, 2014 Jan reports: As of this weekend 4/20, there are no flower showings’ in Gorman, off Hwy. 5....Wind Wolf Preserve, or Carrizo Plain, off Hwy.155 and very, very, few in Shell cyn. off Hwy 55/58, although there are quite a few still on 55/58 going east, from Santa Margarita. The most beautiful in my opinion, are by Lake Eliz....there is a little known grated road right before Munz Ranch Rd heading east, that has a fantastic showing of about everything, the colors are incredible. The road is a little scary if you go all the way to the top but, oh so well worth it, the view will take your breath away. I hope I have saved you some time and gas.

April 21, 2014 Katie reports: Lake Hughes Rd. April 21,The yellow flower I submitted yesterday is called Golden Ear-Drops (is in the poppy family) and was in a burn area which is where they show up and recolonize. Took the dirt road ,just west of Munz Ranch Rd, at Lake Elizabeth to the top, the hill with burnt shrub was from that view going up. At the top you can see a huge panorama of the Antelope Valley with vast stretches of orange below including the poppy reserve. We were surprised to share the view with a hang-glider who was just launching, I saw desert Larkspur and Chinese houses, prickly phlox, woolly Indian paintbrush.

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April 19, 2014 Eggprince reports: Taken this morning west of the Antelope Valley poppy reserve, but east of the intersection of 170th and Avenue F

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April 19, 2014 Katie reports: Just West of Neenach on HWY 138, April 18, 2014.

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April 18, 2014 Katie reports: April 17, 2014 Directly across from Lake Elizabeth the hillside is covered with yellow and shades of lavender. Also the jewelflower was there. Definitely worth the trip. On Munz Road off Lake Elizabeth Road in a burn area there are baby blue eyes and miner’s lettuce.

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April 18, 2014 Katie reports: Took Ave 110 south of poppy reserve and up over Johnson Road. Saw lots of chia and it looks good with the poppies.

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poppies

April 17, 2014 Ave D, Hwy 138 West of Poppy Reserve at Neenach, great expanses of poppies on either side of the road then past Neenach going West some lavender and yellow painting the hills and under the oaks!

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April 17, 2014 Just west of poppy reserve at the bend before 170th street, I took a dirt road north and up and around, and saw some two tone poppies, desert paintbrush, cream cups, what a view!

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April 18, 2014 Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve reports: It looks like the park is at peak bloom now, but it should continue to be a great bloom through the end of April. Although some poppy flowers are spent, there are many more buds still developing. The big rain we had at the end of February, doubled with a little more a month later, will keep the peak going without fading fast.

There are rivers of orange around the park, with some areas carpeted in orange.
Patches of other wildflowers such as white forget me nots, purple lupine and lacy phacelia, yellow goldfields and fiddleneck are creating a mosaic of color throughout the park. The best poppy showing is currently at the west end of the North Poppy Loop trail- remember to stay on the trail; the poppies are right next to it so there's no difficulty in seeing them. Poppies are also abundant along our handicap-accessible trail this year.

April 18, 2014 Jeff reports: Made the trip out to Carrizo Plain yesterday, 4-17-14 no wildflowers at all.

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April 16, 2014 Clark reports: I would like to add a little to the other good descriptions. On April 11 this distance view was taken looking south at the northeast corner of Avenue D (138) and 140th St. West. This location has for many years had a very good growth of poppies and a variety of other flowers after adequate rainfall. The other picture shows clumps of different color at the roadside. On the way back to Palmdale we drove from Avenue D to Avenue I along 110th St. West which had a lot of roadside poppies. Many of the fields between 110th and the hills at the Poppy Reserve also had a good growth.

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April 15, 2014 Son reports: n Lancaster on Avenue I from 110 West to Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is blazing with flowers. Carpet and carpet of flowers, with many different color. The poppy is not big, but it's a good thing because they blend really well with other flowers create wonderful field of color.

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April 15, 2014 Katie reports: Just West and North of the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve on 170th Street. April 14, 2014. There were a lot! In the midst of all that neon orange I found one white poppy. Putting the camera on the ground and looking through backlit petals was a nice change of perspective.

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April 15, 2014 Gregg reports: I did a 350 mile, 10 hour wildflower trek on Friday, April 11 from Joshua Tree to Antelope Valley and back. I didn’t get anywhere near to making all the stops I wanted to make, but it was still a good and exhausting day (I slept 11 hours that night). Antelope Valley was golden yellow and blazing orange with Goldfields and California poppies, particularly along Hwy 138, where you can follow dirt roads up into the hills. Blankets of luminous yellow Desert dandelions were mixed in here and there.

The highlights were along Munz Ranch Rd., which runs south, from Antelope Valley down to Lake Elizabeth, and Bob’s Gap, which is off of 165th Street, south of Hwy 138 and Lake Los Angeles.

Bob’s Gap had a nice variety of color and texture going on with Bigelow’s Coreopsis, Parry’s Linanthus, Pringle’s woolly daisy, Our Lord’s candles, White Tidy Tips, a few Bigelow’s monkeyflowers, lupine sp. Cream cups, Mentzelia sp., Fremont’s phacelia, Chia and more.

Munz Ranch Rd., in and near a wildfire-blackened area, had goldfields, pincushion, Grape Soda lupine, paintbrush sp., Bigelow’s Coreopsis, globe gilia, Chia, Scarlet bugler, Jewelflower, phacelia, Mojave suncup, Baby blue eyes and more. At the intersection of the road with Lake Elizabeth Rd. there is a hillside doing a very good impersonation of Gorman Post Rd circa 2003: it is blanketed in orange and blue. Absolutely gorgeous.

And of course there are blankets of Desert dandelions everywhere in the Lake Los Angeles area. It’s ridiculous, how wildflowery some parts of the desert are…

Attached are photos of Scarlet bugler, poppy and phacliea hillside, Grape Soda lupine, and phacelia from Munz Ranch Rd.; roadside wildflowers from Bob's Gap; California poppies from Antelope Valley; and a Wallace's woolly daisy bouquet from Hwy 18 near Llano.

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April 11, 2014 Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve reports: As of April 10th, the hills are green with rivers of orange around the park. The bloom is much better than the last two years, and with the periodic rains we had had in March we should have a good bloom spread through all of April. Patches of other wildflowers such as white forget me nots, purple lupine and lacy phacelia, yellow goldfields and fiddleneck are creating a mosaic of color throughout the park. The best poppy showing is currently at the west end of the North Poppy Loop trail- remember to stay on the trail; the poppies are right next to it so there's no difficulty in seeing them. Poppies are also abundant along our handicap-accessible trail this year.

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HUGE poppies along the northwest end of the Loop Trail!
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April 10, 2014 Steve reports: These photos were taken at the Santa Rosa Plateau in Murrieta, California - 4/9/14

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April 8, 2014 Margaret reports: Happy to report that we have poppies at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve they are large and vibrant and growing in large patches - far exceeding our expectations! Best spot: west end of the North Poppy Loop Trail, with the biggest flowers I've ever seen! Remember to stay on the trail; we've had rattlers out there too! The poppies are right along the trail so you don't need to go out in the fields anyway!

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April 8, 2014 RH reports: Taken 4-7-14 northwest corner of Ave L and 10th St East (aka Challenger) in Lancaster.

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April 8, 2014 Shane reports: On April 5th I did a photo shoot on Ave "T" between Palmdale and Saddleback Butte State Park.

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Another good spot was where Munz Ranch road and Elizabeth Lake Rd meet at Elizabeth Lake.

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