Where in the World? California Poppies, California, USA

I’ve finally gotten around to uploading some photos from our trip last month to the California Poppy Fields. We headed off with not much of a plan other than to go in search of wildflowers. We’ve had quite a lot of rain this year, and the desert has bloomed like I’ve never seen before. Stunning. I’ve never seen anything like it. Fields upon fields of fluorescent orange poppies. Pictures can’t do it justice.


  1. Truly extraordinary!

    Did they smell?

    I had to ask, because your photos remind me so much of the Deadly Poppy scene in the Wizard of Oz:

    “… they found themselves in the midst of a great meadow of poppies. Now it is well known that when there are many of these flowers together their odor is so powerful that anyone who breathes it falls asleep, and if the sleeper is not carried away from the scent of the flowers, he sleeps on and on forever. …”

  2. They are wild flowers. No cultivation necessary. I think they are only open for a very short window of time each year. I don’t recall them smelling, but I had horrendous hay fever after four days of flower chasing! I think being Australian I grew up with different pollen, so every spring here is a nightmare!

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