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It is my understanding that the opium poppy can be grown for ornamental purposes in the United States. At our local Extension Service a gentleman named Mike received a number of poppy seeds from a local resident. Mike has two green thumbs and everything he plants thrives. Two years ago he planted the seeds and since then, poppies are cropping up in the vegetable beds, on the roadside, in the mulch and in the soil for sale. Eventually our little town might have a profusion of this poppy growing everywhere, and I do wonder how the local constabulary will handle the situation.

This poppy also grows in my back garden, and is increasing in numbers each year. It is a beautiful flower, although the bloom only lasts for one day compared to the blossom of the common red poppy.

Special thanks to SteveMoulding for his UA on my image Welcome to Bergen - very much appreciated.

Thanks for looking today,

Anne



Quote: In the United States, opium is listed as a Schedule II controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration. In addition, "Opium poppy and poppy straw" are also prohibited. However, this is not typically enforced for poppies grown or sold for ornamental or food purposes.Though the opium poppy is legal for culinary or Aesthetic reasons, poppies were once grown as a cash crop by farmers in California; the law of poppy cultivation in the United States is somewhat ambiguous. The reason for the ambiguity is because The Opium Poppy Control Act of 1942 (now repealed), stated that any opium poppy should be declared illegal, even if the farmers were issued a state permit. The Opium Poppy Control Act stated:
It shall be unlawful for any person who is not the holder of a license authorizing him to produce the opium poppy, duly issued to him by the Secretary of the Treasury in accordance with the provisions of this Act, to produce the opium poppy, or to permit the production of the opium poppy in or upon any place owned, occupied, used, or controlled by him.

This led to the Poppy Rebellion, and to the Narcotics Bureau arresting anyone planting opium poppies and forcing the destruction of poppy fields of anyone who defied the prohibition of poppy cultivation.Though the press of these days showed favour towards the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, the state of California supported the farmers who grew opium poppies for their seeds. Today, this area of law has remained vague and remains a controversy in the United States. The Opium Poppy Control Act of 1942 was repealed on 27 October of the year 1970.

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus E-620 Check out Olympus Image Space!
Lens:Lensbaby Composer/Edge-80
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:13 Apr 2012 - 10:06 AM
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.0
Aperture:f/2.5
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:Papaver somniferum
Username:AnneWorner AnneWorner
Uploaded:31 Jan 2013 - 12:18 PM
Tags:Black & white, Black and white, Flowers, General
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JimV
JimV e2 Member 7JimV vcard Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2013 - 3:41 AM

Looks like you got this one on ITS day Anne, a lovely shot, though once again I have a hankering to see it in colour.
After reading through the law regarding the growing of these poppies, it seems to me you better keep your fingers crossed that none of your fellow US EPZers are law enforcement officers, as now you cannot even plead innocence!Wink
Rgds., Jim

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 6337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2013 - 12:38 PM

The effect of the light on the flower and seed head is beautiful - this works well in B/W SmileSmile
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NDODS
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31 Jan 2013 - 12:44 PM

Stunning black and white imagery.

Regards Nathan

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7327 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom878 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2013 - 12:48 PM

Wonderful story. I love the idea of a Poppy Rebellion. I also love the mental image of all the respectable, sober residents of you little town cultivating opium poppies. 'Entirely for decorative purposes, Officer...'
Which is a distraction from the fact that this is a beautiful image. It's about imperfection, and beauty resisting the ravages of time. B&W flowers always have a cool, aloof distance, 'I want to be alone'.
The seed head is observing, it knows the future.
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers, come to dust...
(Cymbeline, IV, ii)
Sorry, I'm rambling...
Moira

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England53 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2013 - 12:53 PM

Beautiful texture

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Daisymaye
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31 Jan 2013 - 1:10 PM

We had them growing everywhere too. They spread and multiplied for several years and then one year they were gone. I was very disappointed because I looked forward to them. This is lovely Anne and so unusual in b&w, but perfect........Sandy

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pascalg
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31 Jan 2013 - 1:38 PM

beautifully done

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 12915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2013 - 2:00 PM

An excellent example demonstrating that an image of flower can work in monochrome.

Albert

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7124 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2013 - 2:09 PM

A beautiful presentation, Anne, would like to see a colour version, too Smile Carol

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Tibetan
Tibetan  1 England
31 Jan 2013 - 2:14 PM

All the top photo's used to be in B&W portraits so why not flowers! shape light and texture are just as important as colour, interesting narrative Anne, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin my favourite flowerWink

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EAS
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31 Jan 2013 - 2:25 PM

In general I prefer floral images in all their wonderful natural colours but there is something rather beautiful an mysterious abut this one! We grow Opium Poppies freely in the UK and they are among my favourite annuals, cropping up in all sorts of unlikely places areound the garden. Loved reading your info. How fascinating!

Ann

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2013 - 2:33 PM

Aside from the unusual-ness of this mono image and all its glory, I see that you chose to focus directly and sharply on the bits in the center of the flower--- only a few showing but they, in focus, are very necessary to this image! Kudos!

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saltireblue Site Moderator 33358 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway22 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2013 - 3:13 PM

I wish I could comment as perfectly as Moira has, Anne, even though she was rambling.Smile
It is simply a beautifully worked image.

Malc

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scrimmy
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31 Jan 2013 - 3:45 PM

fantastic image and fantastic story to go with it

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paulb20
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31 Jan 2013 - 5:15 PM

You have managed to make it eye-catching even in mono Anne.
Paul

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JohnChambersPhotography

Eye catching capture well taken and processed looks very good in mono

John

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2013 - 6:44 PM

A wonderful image, Anne. I too would like to see the full color version.
As you probably know, the poppy is the official state flower of California -- specifically the "California Poppy" (eschscholtzia californica).
-=\Walter

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jdinne
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31 Jan 2013 - 7:20 PM

This is brilliant works excellently in mono. Superb narrative also.

John

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31 Jan 2013 - 7:36 PM

I like this VERY much Anne.

John Smile

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jaktis
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31 Jan 2013 - 8:33 PM

Opium poppy has a lot of lovely colourvariations

Peter

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Source
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31 Jan 2013 - 11:30 PM

A beautiful mono
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AnneWorner
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1 Feb 2013 - 2:12 PM

Thanks everyone and Moira, thanks for your UA Smile

Anne

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leontari
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1 Feb 2013 - 3:40 PM

A superb b/w composition
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8 Feb 2013 - 11:03 PM

Bien lograda ..Es una fotografŪa con mucha profundidad.

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Dave87
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:38 PM

Mono has it's place in photography.

Viewing here - very much so.

The lighting is super - Love it.

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Joline
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18 Mar 2013 - 11:18 AM

However did I miss this!!!!! This is fabulously beautiful.

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