Landscape Photography
of James L. Snyder

Poppy Mountain
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Poppy Mountain
Linhof Master Technika 2000 camera, 150mm Schneider Symmar-S f/5.6 lens, Fujicolor Pro 160S film, 2 exposures, 176 megapixels
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Poppy Mountain

East Trimmer Springs Road, Trimmer, Sierra National Forest, CA, 3/2/2016

Even during the rare wildflower super bloom California enjoyed in 2016, this scene stood out in a colorful way! The patches of orange covering an unnamed peak are thousands of blossoming California poppies. This mountain in Sierra National Forest forms the eastern wall of the canyon surrounding lower Billy Creek as it’s about to spill into Pine Flat Lake. I was delighted to make this photograph, and I remember how happy I felt, standing here admiring such beauty with nobody else around. Before I snapped the shutter, I paused for a moment to soak in the peacefulness, the fresh air, and the spectacular landscape before me. A month later I returned here to find all the poppies were gone, and the grass was dying from dryness.

Poppy Mountain

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