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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! 

Antiquing Haul by Julia Walck

Cross stitched Pheasant

Optimistic pins 

Rainbow mug and stir sticks

Went antiquing yesterday and I did good. Like REAL GOOD. 

Not pictured are two yellow smiley face planters (one with a smiley face plate to go underneath), three additional stir sticks, a Jurassic Park pin (for Jack), and a Christmas holly berry glass juice pitcher. Oh and I didn't take a photo of the full TV tray, but you can see a close-up of the pattern below. I got it for $3! They're usually around $10-$15 and I couldn't not get it...right? Even though I already have this exact one... Well matching pairs I guess.

Closeup of TV tray

Donahoo's

I've talked about Antique Row before, and how amazing it is... but sadly it's not as great as it used to be. I think a lot of the businesses just couldn't keep up and many places have closed. 

However, Persnickety Antiquity and Pomona Antique Mart are still there and are still great. 

On my way home, I passed by this giant rooster. I'll always pull over for a good sign, so I stopped and snapped a polaroid real quick šŸ“

Carlsbad Flower Fields | Places to Go by Julia Walck

This past weekend, I made the trek out to Carlsbad to see rows and rows of flowers. Mother's Day is the last day to go so we got there just in the nick of time. (PS It would be a great spot to take your Mom!)

I've been a few times before, but this time I brought not only my Canon t3i, but also my Polaroid and Instax.

The Polaroids / Instax photos turned out SUPER dreamy. A couple of light-leaks/over-exposures happened, but that's the beauty of film. Happy, unexpected mistakes. 

Let's switch over to some photos from my Canon now. Look at how vivid they are! 

Here's a photo of me casually running from a tractor post-snapping a polaroid in the middle of the flower fields. 

Joshua Tree | Places to Go by Julia Walck

Camping is in-tents. (Did you catch that pun?) 

We stayed at Indian Cove Campground at Joshua Tree National Park Friday night. My friend Denise and I were the last campers of the night to show up (around 12am I think?), and the first to leave in the morning to embark on our JT adventures. 

After setting up our campsite, using an ice cream cone nightlight, candles and a flashlight to guide us in what we were doing, we laid on our picnic table covered in blankets and stargazed. I saw two shooting stars. I won't tell you any more, because if I do then obviously my wishes wouldn't come true. 

We woke up at sunrise and walked around the campgrounds to find the sky painted with a Pantone-esque palette. 

After making breakfast and having a much needed coffee, we were about to pack up our tent and get on the road when a fox stumbled into our campsite. Denise and I stood by the car watching him; he was pretty disappointed upon realizing we had no food (I don't think foxes like oatmeal packets), and left quietly. 

After leaving the campgrounds, we headed to Hidden Valley Trail for some hiking. We ended up "bouldering" (aka climbing on rocks but not as intensely as rock climbers) on pretty much anything we could find. There were lots of hidden valleys we discovered climbing through rocks and into little secret spots. 

It was really interesting climbing with only one hand, while making sure not to smash my lens on a rock. I can gladly say no cameras were harmed.

Our next stops were The Hall of Horrors, and Jumbo Rocks. We also stopped off to see Skull Rock, but it really wasn't anything to write home about. 

We found a nice flat rock to eat lunch on, and then walked around the giant rocks that was The Hall of Horrors. The name is pretty much aimed at rock climbers and how tough the walls are to scale; I guess some might say they're horrifying. 

Over at Jumbo Rocks, I found myself a nice jumbo rock to fall asleep on. The weather was around 64 all day and was pretty cold, but I found this rock to be surprisingly warm. 

How cute is this lil' Airstream I spotted from atop a rock? It'd be so rad to own one, or at least rent one to take adventuring.

Oh hey, this is Denise. I took a lot of photos of her during this day trip. Mainly of the back of her head.

OKAY. So this was my FAVORITE part of the park. The Cholla Cactus Garden... I think I found heaven. All you could see in each direction was a cactus field that went on for days. 

The chollas have little prickly ball shaped bits that fall off of them. DO NOT step on them, or try to kick them off of the path. Some guy in a group behind us tried to be a good samaritan and get it off of the walkway and instantly regretted his kindness. The ball got stuck to his foot and it didn't look fun to get rid of. He made it out alright though. 

The backlighting was perfect. I think we rolled up to the garden around 3:30 or 4pm, which seems like a great time to catch a glimpse of this place. 

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Now it was time for sunset. We finished driving through Joshua Tree National Park, and headed to the Salton Sea and literally made it just in the nick of time to watch the sun go down.

The amount of birds there was ridiculous. And you know me, I love birds; I must've taken around 100 photos of the birds alone, but I've narrowed it down to a few favorites. 

Once the sun fully went down, it was time for the 2.5 hour drive back to LA. I love that a trip like this is so close to home! Until next time, Joshua Tree.