Thursday, June 19, 2014


Vibrant growth in the Mojave Desert, humans roam the landscape

In pairs, in families, on tours, taking pictures

Selfies abound

I travel alone


An eagle flew low and fast


Did he see me?

My mind saluted anyway

History stretches off into the shadowed mountains

The poppies ephemeral

They will return

The Poppy Promise

What secrets herein lay

A birth, a death, a rape

Even the bedbugs have fled

Golden fingerlings grip the hill

Hungry for life

They'll die soon

My birding class visited Placerita Canyon which is near the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.

I was happy to be there.

All photos, except the eagle, are © Sandra Ramos O'Briant

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