Red Poppy (Explored)

The red poppy is most famous as the flower in the World War I poem, "In Flanders Fields" and is a native of Europe - today it grows the world over.


It's sometimes is so abundant in agricultural fields that it may be mistaken for a crop. The ONLY species of Papaveraceae grown as a field crop on a large scale is Papaver somniferum the opium poppy.

  • hammy15 PRO 5y

    I love the way you took this photo of this beautiful flower up close - outstanding shot!!!
  • hammy15 PRO 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called You made my day, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • iloverealestate 5y

    Beautiful details & colours! Fabulous!!

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    and add the tag "FRIENDS" ~ Thank you!!
  • FernShade PRO 5y

    Thank you so much, hammy15 - it was a happy moment, coming across these flowers, and I'm glad I had the camera handy - the petals can disappear so quickly if a wind arises. Thank you for your invitation to post to "You made my day."

    Many thanks to you, iloverealestate, and for your kind invitation to post to Friends, much appreciated. I didn't realize just how different one poppy is from another until I really started to look at them closely!
  • Margrit PRO 5y

    Nice shot !
  • Tim Phillips PRO 5y

    amazing flower, it almost looks like 2 flowers in one.
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  • tigerscot. PRO 5y

    amazing shot, love the detail in the petals well done FernShade
  • FernShade PRO 5y

    Thank you, Maggi_94, tim, vicki127 and tigerscot. This was the most luxuriant flower on the plant, but was also in full sunlight. Hmmm - what to do? Plant myself in the fowerbed and hunch over it to block the sun momentarily - this light seemed to show flower details better than on a day with cloud-cover.
  • Mike Goldberg 5y

    The colors here are just awesome! Job well done. :)
  • minniemouseaunt PRO 5y

    What a great capture, so pretty, isn't it a shame that they don't last very long. They amaze me, all that beauty inside such a tiny bud before they bloom. Even more amazing is how they slowly open showing just a tiny bit of colour, almost hesitant to bloom. I would love to see a time photo as the flower opens.
  • FernShade PRO 5y

    Thank you very much, DiGitAL GoLD and minniemouseaunt. You're so right about poppies - there's something so magical about their opening.
  • Jeanne de Roon 5y

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Taken on July 14, 2010
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