Several people have inquired privately about the photos in my header and background on this blog.
They were all taken in 2008 during the maximum poppy bloom in the western end of the Antelope Valley, which is where I live. I took numerous photos but these are the best.
These are all self-sewn wild poppies in currently uncultivated land.
This is at a slightly higher elevation where the maximum bloom was not yet full. A few days later it looked like the lower fields.
This shot includes some yellow flowers in the foreground, they are the little daisy-like “goldfields” wildflowers with poppies in the background.