Poppy Photos

Backlit Gold
Friday, May 9, 2014
Backlit Gold

The odd weather this year has not deterred our state flower. On the way north through Monterey county there are areas of the hills off of the 101 freeway that are more gold than green. Patches of what must be hundreds of thousands of flowers cover the crests of many foothills. There are smaller groups that have taken over rocky harsher more vertical terrain, and some even appear right out of cracks in the asphalt along highway 1. This particular beauty was close to the coast, in a spot that was quite obviously buffeted by harsh winds constantly as evidenced by the windswept cypress trees in the area. The poppies in this spot were a little smaller and more variegated than average with yellow edges. Most of them were hunkered down near the ground, but this guy caught my eye standing tall for his portrait. This is a great time of year to travel around California.


Poppy Profile
Monday, April 23, 2012
Poppy Profile

This beauty was found in one of my favorite local nurseries, Terra Sol. There are a lot of beautiful poppies around this time of year, but the advantage of taking my camera to Terra Sol is they have them up on shelves which makes it a lot easer to get nice angles like this. Of course I have been known to lay down on the ground with my camera when necissary to get these beauties, but it's nice to have a variety of subjects all in one place.


Poppies and Dasies Playing in the Sprinklers
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Poppies and Dasies Playing in the Sprinklers

I didn't intentionally put the water drops on these flowers when I was taking care of a friend's yard. But I did have my camera along for just such an occasion. I loved the way the light caught the huge drops of water. The beautiful curves of the drops complement the small ridges of the poppy petals nicely. And then the daisy decided he wanted to be in the picture and leaned in from the right and said CHEEEEESE. Ok, maybe I spend a little too much time in the garden, but I'm making up for a very busy year that saw my plants too neglected.


Icelandic Poppy
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Icelandic Poppy

Although it's been a rough winter spring is just around the corner. Of course it's never far away here in California. The winter gives us beautiful sunsets, but now it's time for some amazing spring flower images.


Cleared for Landing
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Cleared for Landing

Sometimes I have to chase them forever to get the shot I want. But this one was very cooperative. I got quite a few nice shots It's always nice to work with good models.


Red Gold
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Red Gold

We often try to get these guys to grow all around our property but with the exception of one pretty hearty yellow one that came up this year from seeds planted last year they seem to have a mind of their own. Even the first poppy that was the inspiration to start this site was a volunteer that popped up in one of our potted plants. This is one that we purchased from the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens. The red color was really striking and I couldn't pass it up. Which is probably not a bad thing considering we were there for a Bonsai show so there were much more expensive and delectate things I could have fallen in love with.


Mexican Tulip poppy
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Mexican Tulip poppy

This is a new friend that followed us home from a nice little nursury in Montecito. Nursuries are a dangerous place really, we only have a small backyard and it is getting pretty full.

Last week a similar thing happend with a Passion Flower vine and a dwarf Fingered Citron tree. Both of which will be featured on the Photo of the Day in the near future. Just as soon as their blossoms get a little further along.


Low Aperture Poppy
Monday, November 26, 2007
Low Aperture Poppy

I've always liked playing with low aperture shots. I like the way the stem of this poppy goes out of focus fast. For comparison, the apple from Thanksgiving was about as tight (high) aperture as this lens gets. Which kept the nice texture of the skin in focus over the whole surface.


Poppy Field
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Poppy Field

This photo almost looks like a painting to me. The narrow field of view gives it a very dream-like quality. I keep intending to play with some other subjects, but the flowers have really captured my attention lately!


Cup of Gold Nectar
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Cup of Gold Nectar

Kind of like The Hound when she gets into her food "Face First".

This bee was very cooperative. She spent a lot of time on each blossom. I guess she wanted to make sure she did not miss anything.

This was the only flower on the plant that had the cool "crumpled" look. All of the other flowers were more cup-like. Fitting, since their name in Spanish (Copa de Oro) means "Cup of Gold."


Poppy Seed Pod
Monday, May 28, 2007
Poppy Seed Pod

No, it's not upside down! Well, the photo's not anyway, the flower is.

This is the same flower from the Photo of the Day on the 20th. By the looks of things there will be poppies all over the place in our back yard next year.

I like the "cross section" look of the flower. And the ruffled edge of the petals too.


Orange Centered Poppy
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Orange Centered Poppy

I found this guy the other day at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens along with his friend. Unlike the dark one they actually had quite a few of these, but only one with a flower with this cool shape. This particular one caught my eye first through my camera lens as I was chasing a bee hovering by it!


Dark Poppy
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Dark Poppy

About a year and a half ago I found some beautiful dark poppies in Ventura. Yesterday we went to a Bonsai show at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens. Along with a really cool grape and curly willow we found a single dark poppy. Of course I had to bring it home. I went a little crazy yesterday. In addition to the Bonsai sale, my wife found a bunch of Epiphyllum cuttings for sale. I think it's about time for a real back yard!


Poppies
Monday, October 16, 2006
Poppies

I like the look of the closed poppies, but the one over achiever that decided to stay open later makes it much more interesting.


Poppy Pollen
Saturday, March 4, 2006
Poppy Pollen

There are not may California Poppies blooming at the moment. But the ones that are sure do put on a nice show.

It was the pollen that attracted me to this particular flower.


Wild Petals of Gold
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Wild Petals of Gold

If you have been around the site for a while, or just looked back through the history of images you already know I love California Poppies. This one is a little bit different than most of my poppy photos. I really like the imperfection of the petals, the wild angles seem to bring out the beautiful texture more.


Poppy from a different point of view
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Poppy from a different point of view

I thought this would be a nice contrast to the Photo of the day for the 17th. They are quite different images, but they were taken only moments apart of exactly the same flower.


Backlit Poppy
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Backlit Poppy

I had fun getting this image. I actually had to lay on the ground to get this perspective. (and it was a very HOT day to lay on the sidewalk)

This is one of my favorite subjects, in fact it was the subject of the first image on this site.


Poppy Profile
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Poppy Profile

So I have been building this site for a while, but this evening was a first. I went to Google to search for the scientific name for Icelandic Poppies and this is the page I found.


Poppy of the Day
Sunday, October 2, 2005
Poppy of the Day

I had a lot of fun with the Poppies this year. I can't remember a time when I saw so many different California Poppies. Perhaps it is a result of the amazing rainy season we had last year. I believe it was the second wettest year on record. Perhaps the beauty here is our reward for the precarious spot we choose to live. Right now we are seeing some nice sunsets as a result of the wild fires. Not a lot of consolation for those that have lost their homes, but the firefighters have done nothing short of a heroic job this year keeping that to a minimum.


Abstract Poppy
Sunday, September 4, 2005
Abstract Poppy

I like the simplicity of this one. There is enough texture in the closest petal to keep it interesting. One of my favorite subjects!


Poppy Pod
Monday, August 29, 2005
Poppy Pod

It has been an amazing season for California Poppies. Which has made a lot of fun for me and my camera. Sometimes I keep at a certain subject to try to work out as many angles as I can, and they have kept me busy this summer.

Now for the hard part... I have to pick my favorites!

As we move into the fall season the art show season is picking up. And, I am in the process of trying to increase the number of images I display. I have been seeing a few repeat visitors now that I have been doing this for almost a year (which is very exciting) and I love to have something new to show them!

I am not sure what format it will be in, but this will be one of the images that will make it's debut soon.


Cup of Fire
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Cup of Fire

Another red California Poppy. The dark areas are not shadows, this flower was in full sunlight. That is actually the color of this one.


Sunlit Poppy
Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Sunlit Poppy

The first explorers to California dubbed these little beauties "Copa de Oro" or "Cup of Gold". I can see why.


Poppy Petals
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Poppy Petals

Another scan from my recent lunchtime walk in Ventura. The red of these poppies looks like it was brushed on to a normal orange California Poppy. They are a beautiful variant.

One of the interesting things about these poppies is the way they adapt to their local area. There can be a slightly different variant that lives only in an area as small as a single small valley. This variation actually makes them more hearty in a specific area, they are adapted to the exact conditions and climate.

In fact, it is actually possible to hurt the wild poppy population by plating seeds. Since most of the seeds you would get from the local garden supply shop are from stock that was originally exported to Europe. Being acclimatized for European gardens, releasing these plants in an area with native plants can actually weaken the resulting cross-pollinated next generation. Strange but true. Oh, and don't even think of collecting seeds in the wild, thats illegal. Oh well, some things are just meant to be enjoyed where they live!