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Photographer Ted Soqui captured these images of the super bloom of California golden poppies and other wild flowers in the Lancaster area of Southern California. April 11, 2023.

We’ve been admiring photographer Ted Soqui’s amazing landscape photography this winter, and we noticed he recently posted a short flyover video of poppies in the Lancaster area. We asked Soqui if we could share his images with Buzz readers and learn more about how he captured these intensely vibrant images.

“These images are all straight out of the drone camera,” explained Soqui. “The light is reflected everywhere creating vivid color in the true sense of the word.”

The images Soqui, a veteran freelance photojournalist who lives in Windsor Village, shared with us are truly incredible. He told us he drove out visit the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve in Lancaster. But apparently, the fields at the preserve haven’t starting blooming yet…but everywhere else is blooming like crazy, explained Soqui. He was delighted to find these accidental patches of flowers along the road.

Lancaster residents are very protective of the flowers so Soqui decided to take his drone out and fly over the fields instead of walking through them to avoid possibly damaging the flowers. Initially he flew the drone up really high so he could capture the whole field but realized he lost a lot the detail of the flowers. He ended up flying low, about three feet off the ground and was able to capture some amazing images.

“To be immersed in the color is very powerful,” said Soqui. “It takes a lot for me to be overwhelmed by something – and I’ve seen superblooms before – but when you when you walk among the poppies, there’s no denying the beauty of the fields. Even the saltiest person will break down at the fascinating sight of mother nature. It’s a wonderful experience, unless you have allergies. There’s a lot of pollen in the air.”

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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