California Poppy Flower Super Bloom


Hillside of Poppy Flower in Bloom

What an incredible display of California poppies at Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore! I arrived early in the morning with only a few people in sight and the poppies mostly closed. Scattered patches of tiny blue and purple wildflowers found their home among the poppies, which really made it feel like I had stepped into a Monet painting. With the sun bearing down as I made my way up into the hills, the poppies began opening before my eyes! Having reached the height of my walk it felt surreal to be engulfed by these blooms—just like a fairy tale. I became determined to capture some images to convey that feeling so you can experience it too. Happy Super Bloom from California!

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You can see the poppies just beginning to open up as the sun came out.

You can see the poppies opening up as the sun grew more intense.

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Hillside of Poppy Flower in Bloom

Feel like you’re among the poppies yet?


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suzetteI have been traveling for the better part of the last ten years in an effort to get out of my bubble. I set out to learn from other cultures and gain some understanding of the world. No matter where I go, I seek out gems off the beaten path and this site is my attempt to show you how to do the same.

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  • David C. Phillips

    Beautiful photos Suz! Amazing colors and great depth of field in the shots.

    • Suzette Barnett

      Thank you so much, David, and what a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed the photos! Everyone I spoke with there said they’d never seen anything like this… very special indeed <3