First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Sunrise 6:16 am: Awake poppies and a working Dish



The Dawn Joggers are out too early during the week to see open poppies - they close over night - so it's a treat to see their full display on the weekend. The poppy is the California state flower, a designation made in 1890. As such, they are protected and it's illegal to pick them, a fact the female DJ, whose parents were reverential about this particular wildlflower, remembers well from her childhood. In years past there were a number of good poppy stands along the Big Dish jogging paths but this year its all pink/violet little flowers. The Dish, a 150-foot in diameter radio telescope, was built in the 1960s and continues to be utilized for research projects.

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