Wednesday, April 18, 2012

And Even More Kelsey Poppies...

Good morning. Tina here again. I hope you are not getting tired of our poppies. They have been so magnificent this year, lasting so very long, that we just can't get enough of them.

These photos today start with some taken by another of our neighbors, Ben. He grew up here in our neck of the woods and now he has a young son enjoying the same wonderful views. Every few years Ben hikes out and takes some great shots of the poppies.
I love the shot above, because of the shadows of the clouds. The poppies do not open when it is cloudy, but you notice the shadows haven't hit them yet.

This very rocky site above the South Fork of the American, at the spot rafters call the African Queen, has very little soil for the poppies to root in. I guess they don't care, they are carpeting it this season.

I love Ben's eye for framing a picture.

Steep, steep, steep...

Here is a shot taken by a kayaker below on the river looking up at the same poppies Ben showed in his shots. These shots were taken last Sunday. I saw the kayakers stopped up the river a bit just below the poppy field. It was the first kayak I had noticed this season since our torential rainstorms.
What a lovely way to spend an early spring Sunday.
Thank you to Mother Nature from a Gold Country Girl.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Tina. Is this public or private territory? If public, are there hiking trails, such as the state recreation area just below Auburn (forget the name of it / rugged but fun trekking).

Thank you much. Jim in Camino

Heidi Ann said...

Funny you should post about these today - I just yesterday made one of Judy's pictures our screen saver. Beautiful!

yosemite faith said...

they are glorious this year. the one season they were so wonderful in copperoplis - i didn't realize until later that it doesn't look like that every year. thanks for sharing.

Tina Dawn said...

Jim, it is mostly private unless you come to see them by the river from Chili Bar. Or there is a trail off Highway 49 on the right just before Wallace Road called the Red Shack trail which you can take down to the river. You would be on the other side of the river from us. The land on each side of the river belongs to the Bureau of Land Management, and then to property owners like us as you get further from the river.