The below story was written two years ago when we had a vibrant bloom from all of the rain. In 2019 they are calling it a ‘Super Bloom’, also because of all of the rain over the winter months.
One of the best spots is in Lake Elsinore just off of Interstate 15. However, it has become a mad house with the crowds and people pulling over on the freeway to take photos, that they have now shut the area down.
So it is tough to see this year. If you have never seen the poppy fields, here is a recap of them in 2017.
After the much needed rain in California for a good part of winter, the flowers are now starting to bloom. I am told that in some areas the hills are full of blossoms unlike anything that has been seen before.
The drenched earth is now providing an awesome display of color for our viewing pleasure.
I will be making my way to the desert on a jeep tour in about two weeks and I am hoping that the cactus flowers will still be in bloom.
However, for now, I was provided the directions to a few poppy fields in the Temecula and Lake Elsinore area and thought I would check it out for myself.
I was given advice to go super early in the morning to avoid the crowds. As a photographer, we know the golden hours for taking photos is normally two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset. I had an inner argument with myself on whether to get up early or continue my much needed sleep… sleep won.
So off to Temecula we drove at a much later start time and to an off-ramp that we were instructed to exit.
The first area wasn’t too far from the Clinton Keith off-ramp in Temecula and was like a big bright yellow beacon that we could see from the distance.