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Two grand prize winners of the Wildflower by the Orange County Hikers & Backpackers Club and The Orange County Register are Patricia Hadley Yorba Linda "Padre shooting stars" and Jim Schultz of Huntington Beach "Busy bee"

Padre shooting star Busy bee
Shooting stars Busy bee

Hadley was chosen by judges for her shot of Padre shooting stars at the Santa Rosa Ecological Plateau near Murrieta on a rainy day with storm clouds as a dramatic backdrop. From Judge Bob Allen: I love the wildness of the photo and the moody feel of the stormy clouds in the background. This image says wildflowers in the wild. Prior to the 1980's, Padre shooting star was abundant in southern California, especially in Dana Point where it no longer exists. Massive construction projects have nearly wiped it out throughout southern California. Ms. Hadley's photo reminds us of the need to protect the stunning wildflowers of our golden state.

Voters chose Schultz for his shot of caterpillar scorpionweed being visited by a honey bee. Schultz said he took the photo in normal daylight using an Olympus digital camera, Camedia, with an auto ultra zoom C-765.

Schultz, an avid motorcyclist, says that he goes on motorcycle rides often, and it was on one of these trips that he found this flower by a roadside, “I just take pictures to chronicle my motorcycle rides,” he said. The Huntington Beach resident is married with two children and is a salesman for a window and door company.

Both Hadley and Schultz are winners of an Olympus FE-370 digital camera from Samy’s Camera.

The other top judges’ picks are listed below with the top three in each category followed by the honorable mentions:

Nature Only

Poppy Reserve


Nature & More

Lisa Kerr — California Poppies in Hytes Cove Leslie Ervin — Desert Globemallow Connie Luizzi — Anza Borrego Desert State Park Art Sutorus — Cal Poppies in Railroad Canyon Mike Khansa — Bush Sunflower & European Honey Bee Bert Anderson — European Honey Bee & Pink Asters Cheryl Pellerin — Peach Flower Cynthia — Red Hot Poker in Laguna Beach Diane Trevor — Cal Poppies in Railroad Canyon Ezzy Watt — Bottlebrush & Hummingbird Frank Asbury — Lupines & non-native mustards in Chino Hills Greg Bohning — Lupines in Irvine (OC) Regional Park M.E. Wheelock — Joshua Tree in Yucca Valley

Flower & Man

The judges are Bob Allen, nature photographer, biologist and teacher; Mike Evens, owner of Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano and Kornelius Schorie, owner of Pro Photo. They chose the winners from 489 approved entries.

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