Super Blooms and Budget Cuts

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”  
        –Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment on the Arts

These are certainly strange times we are living in. 2017 has so far left us all feeling like we’ve been on the tilt-a-whirl a bit too long after having eaten one too many funnel cakes. As the future of our nation plays out on Twitter and in courtroom dramas and congressional hearings, we thought it was time to take a moment to acknowledge the importance of the arts. And, not just the arts, but the humanities, public television and radio, libraries, and parks too. 

Driving out to the desert to witness the super bloom. Listening to practiced musicians play a new piece of music, watching the meticulous footwork of a dancer, soaking up the intense colors of a painting. Trailing your fingers over rows and rows of books as you breathe in the smell of the intimate thoughts captured inside. These experiences provide a way for us to make sense of our world and our place in it, to spend time with our family and friends, to expand our horizons. Life is fleeting and it is hard. Taking time for these moments makes it seem less so.

We can’t wait to be one of the places where you can have such an experience with your family and friends. Summer will be here before you know it. In the meantime, carpe diem.

Below are a few photos from this year's super bloom by staff and friends:

Anzo Borrega
A majestic shot of the Anzo Borrega super bloom.
Photo by Daniel Rizik-Baer

Anzo Borrega
Another view of Anzo Borrega.
Photo by Daniel Rizik-Baer

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
Beautiful super bloom at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.
Photo by Caroline Chang

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
Another view of the super bloom at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.
Photo by Caroline Chang