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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2013
Nicola Buck came upon pockets of poppies along a path at Will Rogers State Beach on April 10. Buck said she hoped to go to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to photograph the state flowers, but found they weren't thriving this year because of the dry weather. The color contrast and potential for an interesting perspective drew her into this shot, which she took with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.  “I love to get down at ground level for a lot of my pictures,” she said.
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NEWS
April 23, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
After recent lackluster seasons, the California Poppy Reserve is again painted in orange and yellow hues across the rolling hills near Lancaster. The timing couldn't be better, as recent rains spurred the Antelope Valley reserve to fuller blooms in time for the Poppy Festival this weekend, April 26 and 27, at Lancaster City Park. The 3.5 inches of rain in late March has helped create one of the best blooms the Antelope Valley has seen in years. The Reserve is open from sunrise to sunset, but best times to go are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when the poppy petals are open to the sunlight.
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NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
It's been a lousy year for water, but recent heavy rains in Southern California have sown a few seeds of hope that golden poppies in the Antelope Valley just might put on a show this year. Not a big show, but a show. The brown fields at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster have greened up since storms last week dropped 3 1/2 inches of rain. The moisture plumped up little poppies that had struggled to sprout during drought conditions with flowers so small you'd have to be standing on top of them to take notice.
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Drought? What drought? Southern California's sporadic rainfall (and lack of it) this season seems to have been just enough for wildflowers to put on a decent show at Death Valley National Park. The park , about 300 miles inland from Los Angeles, reports the late spring bloom should continue as temperatures rise. "Much to our surprise, wildflowers are turning out to having a pretty decent bloom this spring after all," says a note on the park's website and Facebook page . "Rainfall in the higher elevations--especially in the Panamint Mountains --are allowing a late spring bloom, and it may only get better and higher as the temperatures warm.
NEWS
May 11, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Summer in Bhutan means red, white and pink poppies are blooming in the Himalaya's high passes. What better time for a walk in the flower fields? Amanresorts offers two poppy treks that combine hiking and tent camping with stays in their luxury resorts. Participants on poppy treks walk three to five hours each day at elevations ranging from 9,800 feet to almost 15,000 feet. Trails to the poppies (no, they're not the opiate kind) wind through pastures as well as pine, cypress and rhododendron forests, and up to mountain passes.
SCIENCE
November 20, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Australian researchers have genetically engineered the common poppy so that it no longer produces morphine or codeine. As a result, the team reported in the journal Nature Biotechnology, the plants accumulate significant quantities of the nonnarcotic alkaloid reticuline. Reticuline, a precursor of antimalarial and anticancer drugs, could be a valuable product.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2000 | GRACE E. JANG
The idea is that fire refines the golden hue of California poppies. In an annual effort to stimulate poppy growth, the Los Angeles County Fire Department will burn 33 acres of nonnative plants and seeds at the California Poppy Reserve on Tuesday, state park officials said. "The purpose . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2001 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The phones ring again and again. Everyone wants to know whether this year's crop will bloom or bust. But unfortunately, volunteers and workers at the California Poppy Reserve can offer little help. "You can't predict poppies," said Milt Stark, 79, a longtime Antelope Valley resident, author of several wildflower books and a poppy lover for nearly three-quarters of a century. "They have a mind of their own."
WORLD
November 28, 2008 | Geraldine Baum and Laura King, Baum and King are Times staff writers.
After seven years of extraordinary expansion, Afghanistan's harvest of poppies used to produce opium has declined by 6% from a record high in 2007, according to the annual opium survey by the United Nations released Thursday. The amount of land used to cultivate opium declined by 19%, to about 388,000 acres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2001 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The phones ring again and again. Everyone wants to know whether this year's crop will bloom or bust. But volunteers and workers at the California Poppy Reserve in the Antelope Valley can offer little help. "You can't predict poppies," said Milt Stark, 79, a longtime Antelope Valley resident, author of several wildflower books and a poppy lover for nearly three-quarters of a century. "They have a mind of their own."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Rhys Darby, who played personal manager (and New Zealand deputy cultural attache) Murray Hewitt on HBO's "Flight of the Conchords," has created a series in which to star. "Short Poppies" gets a U.S. premiere Thursday via Netflix, all eight episodes at once, only a couple of days after it bows in its native New Zealand. The title plays off "tall poppies," a common Commonwealth phrase, borrowed from the Greeks to describe persons of accomplishment or quality whose distinction can also make them targets.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
It's been a lousy year for water, but recent heavy rains in Southern California have sown a few seeds of hope that golden poppies in the Antelope Valley just might put on a show this year. Not a big show, but a show. The brown fields at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster have greened up since storms last week dropped 3 1/2 inches of rain. The moisture plumped up little poppies that had struggled to sprout during drought conditions with flowers so small you'd have to be standing on top of them to take notice.
WORLD
November 13, 2013 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - In a harsh indictment of the Western-funded drug eradication effort in Afghanistan, the United Nations on Wednesday reported an increase of nearly 50% in the 2013 opium harvest, with land used for cultivation reaching an all-time high. The annual survey underscored the growing threat in the world's largest opium-producing nation. The unchecked spread of opium cultivation has brought widespread corruption, political instability and enormous profits for the Taliban insurgency, which controls Afghanistan's primary poppy-growing provinces.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - CBS' brooding procedural "Unforgettable" of 2011-2012 featured a detective with a mind so uncanny no memory ever truly disappeared. It's a fitting premise. After canceling "Unforgettable" at the end of the 2012 season, CBS is now bringing it back, believing a recognizable name and familiar characters can sell a show with a new setup, tone and schedule. When the debut episode airs on Sunday, it will pose a fraught question: In this age of "Arrested Development"-style reprisals, can a network successfully take a mulligan?
NEWS
May 16, 2013 | By Carren Jao
When it came to designing their new home in Venice, Jonathan Ward and Jin Ah Park drew inspiration from a two-year backpacking trip around the world. The couple traveled from Britain to Thailand, Australia to Peru, Morocco to Mali - a journey that has given rise to a modern dwelling that draws from global cultures yet still embodies California living. Dubbed the California Poppy House, the 2,900-square-foot design calls upon the state flower for the home's most striking feature: the silhouette of the flower, cut into an aluminum screen that wraps the second-floor facade.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Poppy Montgomery, one "Unforgettable" actress, is a new mom as of Monday, when she and boyfriend Shawn Sanford welcomed their first child together. The baby girl is named Violet Grace Devereux Sanford, according to People , which first reported the news. At 6 pounds, 12 ounces and 19½ inches long, she arrived at 7:57 a.m., said the mag. That means Montgomery's 5-year-old son Jackson, from a previous relationship, is now a big brother. "We are overjoyed with the arrival of our beautiful angel and filled with gratitude that she is happy, healthy and thriving,” said the couple (he's a Microsoft exec, incidentally)
MAGAZINE
June 7, 1992
Re "Icons," (by Dev Bhatia, Palm Latitudes, April 26), maybe the absent California poppies just didn't want to compete with Christo's yellow umbrellas, which were displayed in and around the Grapevine last fall. PAT DAVEY Northridge
TRAVEL
August 17, 2003
I enjoyed Susan Spano's column ["Knowledge of the Sort That Isn't Found in Guidebooks," Her World, Aug. 10]. Her mention of John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields" poem and of her late mother's belief that lessons you remember are the ones learned by the heart reminded me of the "Now -- In Flanders Fields," an [unpublished] poem a Kansas housewife and my mother, Letha Catherine Latham Lloyd, wrote during World War II: "Now -- in Flanders Fields" "In Flanders fields, we have been told, That poppies blossom row on row. And so, we hear again today How other soldiers fight the fray And, dying bravely, they too, will lay In Flanders fields.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2013
Nicola Buck came upon pockets of poppies along a path at Will Rogers State Beach on April 10. Buck said she hoped to go to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to photograph the state flowers, but found they weren't thriving this year because of the dry weather. The color contrast and potential for an interesting perspective drew her into this shot, which she took with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.  “I love to get down at ground level for a lot of my pictures,” she said.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The California golden poppies aren't popping right now at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster. Southern Californians wait each year to see whether the state flower will turn the reserve and surrounding areas into fields of blinding orange. "Debbie Downer warning ... we probably won't really have a peak at all this year. Many of the plants that have managed to squeeze out a small poppy have desiccated mid-bloom," says a post on the reserve's Facebook page.
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