On our way back from Antelope Valley we stopped by a field full of poppies, and waited until the sun set. Just a day prior to the red moon eclipse the moon was full. If only there weren’t rattlesnakes out an about we would of stayed longer to catch the desert stars. But instead we picked up an enormous jar of local lavender honey and hit the road.
(The lavender honey is to die for!)
I wish I had read photographer Asher Svidensky’s "What do I fall in love in?" before we went to Antelope Valley in search of this years poppy blooms. After weeks of checking the reserve’s updated photographs of the fields we finally decided to head over last weekend. Since poppies curl up in the wind we planned our day trip around the weather. I even wore shorts! Well when we made it out we both seemed to be less than thrilled at what we just drove an hour and a half to see. It was so windy my hat flew off my head as we tried to eat the lunch I had made. Not to mention the area around looked quite, sparse. Luckily once we started walking into the park the winds died down and we saw little pocket of poppies. But I still wasn’t ready to take out my camera.
Normally I’d spend a trip like this behind my 50mm lens. I love getting close to flowers and playing with depth of field and color (as seen in my most recent post here). But given the conditions I just couldn’t get any of these flowers to stand still. So I abandoned the idea and felt the whole trip was a bust. Steven suggested we continue deeper into the trails and before long we had found bigger pockets of poppies. But the wind still wasn’t making it easy to get a good shot. Steven brought out his zoom so I tried the same and suddenly I saw the poppies through a new perspective. I was also able to capture the green rolling hills behind them and it was truly beautiful.
Unfortunately at the end of the day the poppies were still closed, but there is always next year! I did end up with some truly great photographs none the less and found what I loved about Antelope Valley. =)
Recently I came across an interview with Mario Batali (found here) where he spoke about the roll food plays in our society today. It’s hard to imagine that at one time being a chef was the last job anyone wanted, and now it’s turned into a thriving career path. One I’ve entertained from time to time, but for now I think I’ll stick to making delicious food in my own personal kitchen. =)
My latest endeavor was this recipe for sage and honey cornbread (found here). Cornbread is one of my favorite things and with the Game of Thrones season premier I saw an opportunity to indulge in this hearty treat. Plus it was so easy to make in our cast iron skillet and fun to watch as it baked in the oven. If honey and sage isn’t your flavor I’m sure there are other skillet cornbread variations to try. Enjoy!
Into the mountains. #antelopevalley
An early birthday gift from Steve’s parents. #orchids
A Moroccan Citrus Salad I made a few weeks ago from my new cookbook Pomegranates & Pine Nuts
Sometimes the most impressive are right in the parking lot. =)
Sexy in pink.
Denver was pretty rad. =D
Into the woods. @descansogardens #descansogardens (at Descanso Gardens)
#descansogardens (at Descanso Gardens)
Us and the tulips @descansogardens (at Descanso Gardens)
Steven and his new friends. #cherryblossomfestival (at Descanso Gardens)
Moroccan citrus salad. I went overboard in the kitchen today