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By AnneWorner  
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,


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 The reason for the ambiguity is because The Opium Poppy Control Act of 1942 (now repealed), stated that any opium poppy should be declared illegal, even if the farmers were issued a state permit.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.

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JimV 15 6 3 Canada
31 Jan 2013 3:41AM
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
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 12:38PM
The effect of the light on the flower and seed head is beautiful - this works well in B/W SmileSmile
NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 12:44PM
Stunning black and white imagery.

Regards Nathan
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 12:48PM
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...
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
31 Jan 2013 12:53PM
Beautiful texture
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
31 Jan 2013 1:10PM
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
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
31 Jan 2013 1:38PM
beautifully done
fentiger 20 920 24 England
31 Jan 2013 2:00PM
An excellent example demonstrating that an image of flower can work in monochrome.

CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
31 Jan 2013 2:09PM
A beautiful presentation, Anne, would like to see a colour version, too Smile Carol
Tibetan 9 3 England
31 Jan 2013 2:14PM
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
EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
31 Jan 2013 2:25PM
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!

taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
31 Jan 2013 2:33PM
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!
saltireblue Plus
11 12.2k 76 Norway
31 Jan 2013 3:13PM
I wish I could comment as perfectly as Moira has, Anne, even though she was rambling.Smile
It is simply a beautifully worked image.

scrimmy Plus
13 390 5 Scotland
31 Jan 2013 3:45PM
fantastic image and fantastic story to go with it
paulb20 Plus
14 12 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 5:15PM
You have managed to make it eye-catching even in mono Anne.
Eye catching capture well taken and processed looks very good in mono

gajewski 17 10 9 United States
31 Jan 2013 6:44PM
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).
jdinne 18 16 England
31 Jan 2013 7:20PM
This is brilliant works excellently in mono. Superb narrative also.

31 Jan 2013 7:36PM
I like this VERY much Anne.

John Smile
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
31 Jan 2013 8:33PM
Opium poppy has a lot of lovely colourvariations

Source 11
31 Jan 2013 11:30PM
A beautiful mono
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
1 Feb 2013 2:12PM
Thanks everyone and Moira, thanks for your UA Smile


1 Feb 2013 3:40PM
A superb b/w composition
GBauer 10 Venezuela
8 Feb 2013 11:03PM
Bien lograda ..Es una fotografía con mucha profundidad.
Dave87 14 42 5 England
12 Feb 2013 9:38PM
Mono has it's place in photography.

Viewing here - very much so.

The lighting is super - Love it.


Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
18 Mar 2013 11:18AM
However did I miss this!!!!! This is fabulously beautiful.

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