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Poppy Reserve Officials Say it's 'a Disappointing Season so Far'

At the California Poppy Reserve in 2010

The way the California Poppy Reserve looked last year, shown in the above photo, has unfortunately not been a sight so far this year. State Park officials for the popular springtime destination in the western end of the Mojave Desert on Friday said the season has not come to full bloom yet and may not, which is likely a disappointment to anyone heading to the California Poppy Festival this weekend.

"It looks like this just isn't a big year for poppies," the reserve's website stated. "We usually have our peak around this time, but it doesn't appear that we'll really have a 'peak,' just an extended minimal display, possibly through the end of May."

The good news, however, is that the modest season of blooms will be extended since rain was still coming in through March. The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve's full update from Friday is below:

It looks like this just isn't a big year for poppies. We usually have our peak around this time, but it doesn't appear that we'll really have a "peak", just an extended minimal display, possibly through the end of May.

The photo used on this post is by Flickr user Eve of Discovery. It was used under a Creative Commons License.