Freshly opened California poppy droops with recent raindrops.

I dearly love photography challenges and just discovered a “new” one (to me!) hosted by blogger Dutch Goes the Photo! Frank posts a new challenge every Tuesday. I just made it under the wire with my submission of California Poppies, wet and dry, for the “spring” theme!

This freshly opened poppy enjoyed a spring shower as it struggled to open last week under the heavy raindrops. California Poppies are the state flower and flourish this time of year everywhere! One can find them on hills, the sides of the roads and freeways, providing pops of orange against the beautiful, fresh green landscapes we see here in Northern California.

When it is sunny and warm, like expected to be this week in late March, happy poppies look like this:

Happy spring poppies!

Top photo was taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ300 camera in macro mode.Β Bottom photo taken with my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone. Both post-edited in PicMonkey (crop, contrast, frame).

Enjoy a bit of early spring from Northern California!


24 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge: Spring Poppies

  1. Aren’t the poppies beautiful this year? I love the wet one. I’ve been pulling weeds for the past two days. Our poppies have spread into the gravel driveway like weeds, but I’m going to leave them! πŸ™‚ I love your slide show of blog challenges. How cool! πŸ™‚

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      1. BUY???? Our are so wild right now. I’ll have to send you a picture I took yesterday. It’s on instagram if you are friends with me on Instagram. πŸ™‚

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  2. Southern California is enjoying a bounty of wildflower bloom this year due to the long rainy season. We’re still hoping to get out and see them for ourselves. They have a brief but splendid season. Your photos are wonderful, Terri. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Sorry, I thought that the post would link back to my book, which partly describes how we planted 888,246 acrylic poppies in the Moat at the Tower of London. I reproduce my writing here as my own perspective.
    ‘The β€˜Poppies’ event in 2014 was to mark one hundred years since the first full day that Britain was involved in the First World War. Poppies grow naturally in the wild following large-scale disturbance of soil, so grew abundantly following the mass shelling that took place in the battlefields of World War I, creating beauty from destruction.
    The British Legion was formed in 1921 and adopted the poppy as its symbol, manufacturing artificial poppies to sell and raise money for veterans and their families in its annual Poppy Appeal. For many years it has been a proud British tradition to wear a poppy in the days preceding Remembrance Day, November 11th, to remember members of the British armed forces who were killed, and those who fought alongside them.’

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