Visiting California's Superbloom: Tips, Tricks & How to Not Be a Dick

Visiting California's Superbloom: Tips, Tricks & How to Not Be a Dick

Every few years, the rain and weather conditions lead to a gorgeous phenomenon in California, aptly named the “superbloom”. Every hillside is lush green and flowers are everywhere you look. Even SoCal’s ugliest parts of town are made beautiful, covered in stunning wildflowers.

The pièce de résistance of the superbloom, if you will, are the orange poppies, California’s state flower. There are a few pockets in Southern California that have hills covered in the flower. It creates a gorgeous vista of poppies as far as the eye can see. It’s quite the sight to behold but also, excellent for photo ops.

Wondering where to see these gorgeous wildflowers and poppies? Check here for a complete and up-to-date list but we love Antelope Valley and Lake Elsinore/Walker Canyon Poppy Fields. If planning to visit Lake Elsinore, navigate here instead. We found a hidden gem area that’s just down the road and barely had anyone there and plenty of poppies to enjoy. Trust us, skip the traffic and headaches.

Photos by Robin Randolph / @robinrandolph

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Tips, Tricks & How to Not be a Dick

  • Don’t trespass.

  • Wear sneakers or hiking boots and prepare to hike.

  • Stay on the paths. Straying can lead to squashed flowers and snake encounters!

  • Do not pick the flowers, ever, under any circumstances.

  • In the words of Baz Luhrmann, wear sunscreen.

  • Stay hydrated and bring plenty of water.

  • Check weather conditions before you go. If it’s too cold or windy the poppies may be closed instead of open. Plus, you’ll be freezing and that’s no fun.

  • Leave plenty of drive time to allow for traffic. It’s better to arrive early then to miss the flowers!

Photography

  • Bring a drone if you have one, and don’t operate if there are too many people nearby.

  • Don’t forget your batteries and memory cards. (You’d be surprised how often this happens.)

  • For best photos aim to be there at golden hour, or the hour before sunset.

  • Keep your photography expectations realistic. You may see many stunning photos in the poppy fields, but these are likely taken by a professional photographer. Remember that this is nature, and nature can be unpredictable. Be mentally prepared to go-with-the-flow.

  • Yes, you want your photos, but try to just be present and enjoy the flowers.

Had to cross a river in order to get to the poppies in Temescal Canyon. This is why you wear sneakers!

Had to cross a river in order to get to the poppies in Temescal Canyon. This is why you wear sneakers!

Don’t forget to photograph your photographer!

Don’t forget to photograph your photographer!

Most importantly. Lighten up and have fun with it!

Most importantly. Lighten up and have fun with it!

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