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Southern California basks in the beauty of poppies

April 8, 1997
Web posted at: 6:48 p.m. EDT (2248 GMT)

(CNN) -- A sea of deep orange is sweeping California's Antelope Valley, about 40 miles northeast of Los Angeles. A perfect existential lesson in beauty, the splendid California Poppies bloom briefly each spring, before fading back into the dry Mojave landscape.

The transitory paradise lures photographers from all around, who -- like hi-tech bumble bees -- carry the essence of the flowers away with them on film to blossom later in two dimensions.

"I see [the poppies] as evidence of a master artist and a master designer," said one shutterbug. "Being a person of religious conviction, I see evidence of God."

CNN's Anne McDermott visited the vibrant California State Poppy Reserve and brought back these images from photographer Tom Larsen. Be our guest and tiptoe through 'em.

poppies Baby in poppies groups of poppies
poppie tops bright poppies a full bloom
Mom and toddler one bunch sideview of poppies
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