Monday, April 26, 2010

A Field of California Dreams

Yesterday I decided to drive north up the 14 Fwy to the Antelope Valley to visit the California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster, CA.  Every Spring, between April and May, is prime wildflower season in Southern California and there is no more beautiful wildflower than our state flower the orange California Poppy.  The Interpretive Center at the California State Poppy Reserve is named in honor of self-taught artist, botanist and conservationist Jane Pinheiro.  Many of her watercolor paintings of native plants adorn the Interpretive Center's walls.  A long time member of the Lancaster community, Pinheiro was instrumental in establishing at least eight wildflower and wildlife sanctuaries in the Antelope Valley, ranging in size from 100 to 455 acres.  Because of her tiredless efforts, we Californians have these beautiful fields of flowers to visit each year. 

California Poppy in full bloom

This bug sure found a pretty place to rest
This lizard begged me to take his picture.

Ant hill
Lady Bug on my arm
"If you build it, they will come."

The long line of cars waiting to get into the California Poppy Reserve reminded me of the last scene of the movie Field of Dreams.  God made these beautiful poppies for us, and with the help of Jane Pinheiro who helped established the California Poppy Reserve, they are coming to a Field of California Dreams. 

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