I was amazed and perplexed when I viewed the Valley Drawingboard cartoon by J.D. Crowe on March 22. It seemed to indicate that Mother Nature may have forgotten to sprinkle the Antelope Valley with the California poppy, one of her spectacular spring flowers. The cartoon further intimated that the thousands of visitors who take the trip to the Antelope Valley and the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve would be wasting their time because they would find no poppies.
Not true! The golden flowers are becoming more and more prominent as each day passes, with huge expanses of blooms lining state Highway 14 starting near Acton and stretching all the way through the Antelope Valley. The 1,740-acre reserve reports that poppies are blooming in large numbers at the reserve and that the bloom is expected to last until mid-May if the weather remains cool. In addition to the California poppies, there are many other types of wildflowers in bloom.