There are an incredible amount of lupine blooming just on the other side of the Grapevine in Kern County right now. The main difference between now and the display last year is that there seems to be less other types of flowers in bloom. Perhaps there are more to come but I’ll leave that to the experts to predict. On the way back down from Bear Mountain Road, I noticed a paramedic and fire truck where I had photographed from 30 minutes prior. Then another ambulance rushed through town as I was eating lunch. My thoughts are that perhaps some people either had a heat stroke, had an allergic reaction to bee stings (there were a lot of bees attracted to the pollen) or got bit by a rattlesnake. Be careful out there! Most people who go out to view these spectacles spend little to no time outdoors in nature otherwise so it’s easy to forget about your health.
Since I was in the area, I made a stop in Bakersfield afterward to take a look at a 25 x 10 foot version of my Wind Wolves Preserve photo at the new Tri-Counties Bank (located inside Wal-Mart Supercenter) which was overlaid on dual sliding glass doors behind the counter. I was glad to see that it held up quite well at that size when viewed from behind the counter. The reason why I bring this up is because there are a lot of photo agencies, contests, and even some photo requests that say they won’t accept anything less than the newest top of the line cameras with xx resolution but any photographer that has experience with printing their digital files know that is b.s. It’s more important to have a good lens and know how to use your gear properly.
After the bank, I went to check out the Wind Wolves Preserve. There were noticeably more lupine this year but less blue dicks. In the photo from last year that I mentioned in the previous paragraph, you can see the blue dicks in profusion. Not so at this point. Maybe in the coming days / weeks? Either way it was worth checking out.