Item Number: 6156LR
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ABOUT THE IMAGE:
The Tehachapi Mountains of California are known for producing tidal waves of color during the botanical explosion known as “superbloom”. Here and only in years when the right amount of rainfall aligns with temperature, dozens of different species of wildflowers sweep across the hinterlands in a crazy quilt palette.
Speaking to the glowing scene in Tapis Magique
—French for “Magic Carpet”— Thomas D. Mangelsen says the ephemeral nature of the bloom heightens its beauty and only occurs approximately every 10 years.
“What happens in the hills around Tehachapi is literally the meaning of ‘visual relief’. You feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz
or maybe Alice just after she’s set foot in Wonderland,” he says. “Poppies erupt and they’re accented by the hues of wild daisies and dozens of other species. When you’re out in the middle of it, there’s actually a whir of butterflies and a purr of buzzing bees.”
As a panoramic, Tapis Magique
(Magic Carpet) has found resonance worldwide, often likened to pastoral paintings by French Impressionists.