The road to California is supposed to be paved with Gold. But these days the road to California is paved with poppies and lots of them. Even the railroad tracks are paved with poppies. This has been an amazing Spring for wild flowers here in Wheatland in the Northern part of California.

The town where we live is not large…there are no major attractions here…though there is a wonderful pumpkin farm here. But we are blessed with some beautiful spring flowers and fall brings migrations of water fowl and of course pumpkin season.

Taken near Wheatland in Northern California with a Canon Rebel XSi with a 55-250mm lens.

Yes these tracks are periodically used so I was lucky to get the shots that I did.

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E.R. was raised admiring the beauty of the Northern California coast. As a teen and young man he spent many years helping his Grandfather and then Father mine for gold in the stunning hills of Southern Oregon. He then spent a career in the service of his country. He was lucky enough to get to see a portion of this beautiful planet and develop an appreciation for the differences and sameness of the peoples of the world.
“Beauty is everywhere if you just pause long enough to see it”.

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  • Charlene Aycock
    Charlene Aycockalmost 6 years ago

    Wow what a great capture and title. I love this it is just perfect.

  • Thank you so much Charlene!
    I just wish I had gotten out there a couple of days earlier when the flowers were even brighter. This is the longest I have ever seen them left on the tracks….it is pretty cool.

    – E.R. Bazor

  • Cheryl  Lunde
    Cheryl Lundealmost 6 years ago

    Nice Shot E.R. Poppies make you feel so alive. Great title too :))

  • Thank you for the sweet comment Cheryl!
    I am also a fan of poppies. I have loved them since I grew up on the coast and they were a part of every spring.

    – E.R. Bazor

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusteralmost 6 years ago

    I love this shot, all of those colorful poppies, just beautiful and they are gold, after all! lol!

  • Thank you Diane!
    I was going to name this “The road to California is paved with Gold!” But Linda reminded me poppies are really more of an orange color…but I see gold and so do you….cool!

    – E.R. Bazor

  • EvaMarIza
    EvaMarIzaalmost 6 years ago

    Stunning , love it :))))

  • Thank you so much Eva!
    I am glad that you like this shot. I have some slightly different ones to post in the near future. I hope you like them also.

    – E.R. Bazor

  • mltrue
    mltruealmost 6 years ago

    Just Lovely!!

  • Thank you so much mltrue!
    Your wonderful comment means a lot to me.

    – E.R. Bazor

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful image!!

  • Thank you Susan!
    I am glad that you are a fan of poppies also. When I see them I always think California!

    – E.R. Bazor

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 6 years ago


  • Thank you so much Lorilee!
    I am just a big fan or poppies. They don’t last for very long so you have to catch them while they are in there glory.

    – E.R. Bazor

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallacealmost 6 years ago

    Wow! This is just fabulous, ER. An outstanding composition and i love how you tied it in with the Goldenstate theme.

  • Thank you so much Marjorie!
    When I first started Northern California Style I was using a shot of poppies as the Avatar because I agree…they say California to me too.

    – E.R. Bazor

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallacealmost 6 years ago

    Outstanding work and I am happy to feature this in Americas ~ Rural, Urban, Wild, Free. This is beautiful and thoughtful work.
    Marjorie ~ Co-Host

  • WOW!!! It’s time to do the Happy Dance here in the little town of Wheatland, California. Thank you so much for the honor!!!

    – E.R. Bazor

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...almost 6 years ago

    ah my friend these are popping up all over the desert….soon to die from the heat………

  • Thank you for looking at my work my firiend!
    Poppies are so wonderful…possibly because as you say they don’t last very long so we only have a little bit of time to enjoy them.

    – E.R. Bazor

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