On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions.
From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
Today we have… Poppies! I doubt that satby will be the only one who will be ecstatic seeing all these gorgeous orange flowers. ~WaterGirl
Despite a slow rainy season, late season rains were enough for a gorgeous poppy display this year. The poppies grow from both seeds and multiyear tubers, and the tubers can flower well in drier years. The wildflowers that frequently accompany the poppies are more dependent on the rains, and are more muted this year. But the poppy fields were very nice.
The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is located in the far western extent of the Mojave Desert, about 20 miles west of Palmdale and Lancaster on the north edge of the Transverse Ranges. The Reserve itself was closed due to the pandemic, but the flowers extended well beyond the Reserve boundaries. These pictures were taken from a dirt road traversing an area a few miles east of the Reserve. But there were views like this throughout the area.