Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Seeing Orange


The very dry, pleasant and unseasonably warm winter we had around these parts did not only threaten drought, it also made us a bit dispassionate about the arrival of spring. Okay, let me make that statement a personal one. I was too spoiled of the mild winter we had that mimicked spring that the excitement towards the arrival of spring was tempered.

That was until this past weekend when I drove by a hillside covered with the state flower. I didn't have a camera then, although my smart phone takes good photos I decided to wait until I can bring the hubs here. This is the same hillside in the neighborhood where I lived for years before moving to where I live now so I know that this hill has not seen any spring blooms like it has this year.

On Sunday I planned on surprising the hubby by showing him the hill near our old home, but he said he's going to show me something first. A week ago he chaperoned friends' kids on a play date in neighborhood playground, and near there was this empty lot filled with golden poppy. I swear there is a proliferation of poppies this year. I've never seen too much poppies.

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I don't mind an empty lot for a neighbor if the lot is filled with flowers.

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Orange.

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More orange.

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Now onto the hillside.

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Fully satisfied with our little photo shoot, we drove towards home and along the way we passed by a house with dogwood tree on its yard that is blooming. We stopped the car and took some pictures.

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Last Sunday was a perfect spring day with spring flowers blanketing the ground and flowering trees blooming while the entire day the sky was a cloudless blue. Perfect day. Perfect skywatching day.

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34 comments:

  1. Your post is like a warm fresh rain on my soul. It's just beautiful, and I can be lost in that poppy field. The dogwood flowers are also looking so fresh.

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  2. Wow that hillside looks wonderful. Just a carpet.

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  3. That orange hillside is indeed a sight to behold, magical! I love the dogwood too, it looks healthy, unlike so many on the East Coast.

    Happy Sky Watch,
    Merisi

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  4. Oh, how gorgeous!!! The beautiful skies are the perfect backdrop for the colorful flowers and the dogwood! Superb captures!! Thank you for sharing the beauty!!

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  5. Beautiful captures - love the first one! Am proud to live in California. Several years ago we went about 2 hrs. NE from L.A. to see the poppies. The orange was almost overwhelming!

    Do you know where they have sites with the red poppies? Asking, because I want to make a painting of those.

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  6. I'm drooling over these beautiful shots. They are definitely a good reason to celebrate spring.

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  7. Wow, the flowers are fantastic, a great place.

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  8. Like an orange carpet... So beautiful! A stunning view! Wonderful photos!!!

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  9. Love floral shots and the orange against the blue sky is awesome ~ Great shots for SWF !

    Happy Weekend, artmusedog and carol, xoxo
    (A Creative Harbor)

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  10. A field of orange like this is such an unusual sight fro me. Absolutely love the colour!

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  11. Your photos make me happy :)
    www.womenandperspectives.com/2014/04/sky-watch-different-times.html

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  12. Wow, beautiful photos and great photography!

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  13. Beautiful fields of flowers.

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  14. I have always loved the California poppy from my 12 years there, Maria. But ORANGE!!! That's the frosting on the cake. And now that I have seen your dogwood tree, I'm homesick for the dogwoods we had on our property in Atlanta all those years. I miss them!

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  15. Beautiful, I've never seen poppies like that.

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  16. Lot beautiful landscapes of the flowers!!
    wonderful photos!!

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  17. Wow! Haven't seen something that orange before.

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  18. Those fields of poppies are amazing. They make a color exposition that is very pretty. I liked the white blossoms too. Nice series.

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  19. I love wildflowers and these golden orangepoppies. Just gorgeous!

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  20. Just beautiful! The Poppies have not quite peaked down here in So Cal yet, I sure hope we get some this year but as you said, we did not have much of a Winter just a prolonged cloudy Spring...it is hot here already too!

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  21. I would have reverted to childhood and thrown myself to the ground amongst that beauty to look skyward from the underside of the petals.

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  22. Wow that's a whole sea of orange right there! Lovely soothing shot.

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  23. Hi! Nice captures. The poppy and dogwood tree's blossoms are very beautiful. The dog wood tree blossoms just started to bloom in our country. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Wow well done.. Yea for spring

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  26. This is something that anyplace in the Philippines doesn't have. A field of fiery flowers. Great shots PC.

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  27. wow wow wow! I thought I've seen some spectacular poppy landscapes, but nothing compares to this! Amazing!!

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