The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a popular tourist destination where people go every year to see the wildflowers. Although there may be many flowers blooming, perhaps the one that is most noteworthy is the bright orange poppy. The beautiful color of the flower petals in contrast to the surrounding land makes them an amazing sight. Unfortunately, poppy lovers can’t make it to the nature reserve this year due to the coronavirus, but NASA takes us all there. Thanks to the park’s next-door neighbor, NASA’s Armstrong flight research Center, a satellite image has been taken to show the beauty.
The Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite captured the image on April 14. It shows the beautiful movement of the poppy flowers in a series of absolutely phenomenal pictures, and the poppy response to weather conditions, such as wind, rain, and sun. Southern California has seen its fair share of sun this year, so the 2020 season appears to be more than is typically seen.
The poppies tend to be the primary attraction of the park, but there are also many other flowers, including cream cups, Yellowray Goldfields, and forget-me-nots.
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