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A Room of 8,000 Blooms | Rebecca Louise Law by Julia Walck

Casa Coastal is an installation by Rebecca Louise Law, on view at Casa Romantica until August 13, 2017. 

It consists of 8,000 water-wise blooms grown locally in Orange County and man was it pretty. The smells, textures and details of the flowers make for a stunning environment.

I actually found out about this exhibit through AAA's Westways Magazine! Sometimes it pays to flip through those pages. 

I'm just gonna leave all these photos here...

After you've had your fill of these dreamy floating florals (which might take a while), have a stroll through the rest of Casa Romantica. 

You'll find beautiful hand-painted tile, cacti, stunning views, and you guessed it: more flowers. 

Saying goodbye to this Spanish style home for now. Who knows, maybe I'll go back to see the progression of the flowers over the coming months...

Poppy Fields | Places to Go by Julia Walck

On Sunday, Emily and I drove out to Lancaster to see the poppy fields. We left LA at 6am and man am I glad we did. It was already very crowded when we showed up to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve at 7:30am. 

Oh! I have pink hair again!

We hiked around the poppy fields for a couple of hours and headed out to explore the open roads around us and found more spots to shot. 

It was about 9:40am now. The parking lot at the poppy fields was at capacity and a herd of people were walking up from their cars parked on road below. 

I had a lot of fun playing around with scenic reflections in these mirrors! I found them at Goodwill a few days before our trip out to the poppy fields. 

I Windexed this full length mirror on the side of the road and it was probably my favorite moment from that day. That and the fact that I was hiking around with Windex in my backpack.

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Shoutout to Emily Sarpolus for putting up with my early morning adventures!

Superbloom | Places to Go by Julia Walck

This weekend I day-tripped out to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to see the "superbloom" of wildflowers. 

They probably have about a week or so left in them. So if you've been waiting to go, now's the time!

The sweet spots to check out were on the outskirts of the park around Di Giorgio Road and Henderson Canyon Road. Di Giorgio had more purple flowers, and Henderson Canyon had yellow flowers for daaaaaaaaays.

Before the trip, I bought some gel filters off of Amazon to play around with shapes and colors when shooting in the flower fields. 

I was able to cast cool shadows, play with foreground/background composition, create overlays and even light leaks by using the filters. The trick was to not let them fly away in the crazy wind!

Using the pink and yellow filters created a warm and fuzzy feel, where the purples and blues gave off a psych-grunge textured look.

I also busted out my Polaroid one600 and SX-70 that I recently snagged from an estate sale.

If you drove out further south on Borrego Springs towards Tubb Canyon Road, you'd find the Ocotillo trees. 

Next flower stop on my list is the Lancaster Poppy Fields. I haven't been in 3 years! They're also experiencing a beautiful bloom right now thanks to all this rain!