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I wholeheartedly recommend you visit the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in the Mojave Desert near Lancaster north of Los Angeles. Each spring the valley comes alive with a mosaic of colors that changes daily.
Oh, sorry, you say you don’t live in Southern California?
Visit the Desert in the Comfort of Your Own Home
Let me suggest an alternative: Step inside this painting by Lynne Fearman. In fact, there are several advantages to using this technique to visit the reserve:
There may be only a few blooms, which depend on rain, although even good rain isn’t always a reliable indicator of a spectacular season.
There may be wicked winds that cause the poppies to curl up.
You don’t need to worry about getting dehydrated, which can happen if you rapidly lose water into the dry desert air.
You can control the temperature that can vary widely and change suddenly in the desert.
There is no problem with parking in a crowded lot.
There are no Mojave green rattlesnakes, which are active in the daytime on cool to warm days, and in the evenings on hot days, although they will let you know when they are around because they don’t really want a confrontation with you.
Okay, if you don’t live near the Reserve, I hope I’ve convinced you to experience this lovely place by entering the picture and bringing a friend with you.
As always in the Step-into-Pictures program, the person you bring with you may be either someone with whom you are having difficulties, or a friend who would like being here in the quiet of the desert with only the birds singing and hawks gliding silently overhead.
No matter who you bring with you, enjoy the trip to the Mojave desert in this painting by Lynne Fearman.