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Outrageous Orange

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 3 April 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is an image from my trip to the Merced River Canyon in March, 2009. The hillsides were just blanketed with California poppies. There had been a pretty intense fire through this area the year before. Fires sow seeds, and the cycle of nature continues. You can see a few of the burned out trees in the ravine. This had to have been the most incredible display of poppies I have ever seen!

NIKON D90 1/50 second F/22.0 ISO 250 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

California is in bloom! I saw color, but not like this on the Big Sur Coast last week. Your composition really adds depth to the blanket of color. I understand that the amount of rain in winter and spring also helps the wildflower bloom.

3 Apr 2010 3:03pm

David from Detroit, United States

This has to be an unusual sight! Such a think carpet of color. You used the topography and the way the color flows along the ridges very nicely in your composition.

4 Apr 2010 3:46pm

Mirza Ahmad from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Apt title, nice capture too, love the vivid color.

4 Apr 2010 10:48pm

1/50 second
ISO 250
300 mm (35mm equiv.)