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papaver rheas

By CarolG  
Imagine my delight when I went out for a walk this afternoon and found my first wild poppies in bloom! This species is papaver rheas, or corn poppy, found in fields and ploughed soil. Mixed in large quantities with animalsí grazing material, it can cause flatulence (distended stomach). The young plants, mixed with other mountain greens, are cooked like spinach. The petals were once mixed with tea as an expectorant. In Spring whole fields are bathed in the red of these poppies. According to Christian tradition, it sprang up from the blood of Christ and for that reason acquired its rich red colour. WARNING! The fruits are poisonous.

Tags: Poppy General Wild Plant Flower Close-up Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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iancam 8 23 England
20 Feb 2009 5:16AM
Beautiful images and presentation

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20 Feb 2009 5:37AM
Poppies are one of my favourite flowers, i've not managed to capture the detail of one like you have, but will work on it (I only have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7) so the macro is has a limited range + I think the operator needs to learn a bit more about the camera and how to get the best results from it :o)

I think of your versions V1 and V3 are my favourites.

Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
20 Feb 2009 5:54AM
You know when I look at your flowers I can't wait to get home in April and start taking pictures of flowers. I should have some daffs and maybe some tulips if the deer haven't eaten them. Then all sorts of flowers as the season goes on. Love your poppies.....Sandy
Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
20 Feb 2009 5:57AM
These flowers out so early,lovely collection Carol.
goso 10 2 1 Australia
20 Feb 2009 5:58AM
Three top images in subdued light Carol.....Bill
20 Feb 2009 6:06AM
So early,i want to move there,Carol
basu 8 India
20 Feb 2009 6:24AM
three images are very beautiful and good presentation
madbilly 7 1 4 England
20 Feb 2009 6:25AM
your poppies "POP" with colour. Nice and sharp too, nice one


greatdog 8 21 England
20 Feb 2009 6:55AM
V1 Carol,lovely colour and detail,have a good weekend,Dane.
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
20 Feb 2009 7:17AM
gorgeous coulour and detail.v1 is my choice today.lesley
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 7:21AM
Version 1 for me Carol - beautiful deep colours and great textures on those petals.

VIKI 10 18 1 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 7:23AM
20 Feb 2009 7:27AM
Love the colours. I'm with Dane, Lesley and Phil - V1 my favourite.

Ali Smile
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
20 Feb 2009 7:32AM
These flowers are so photogenic and you have taken full advantage of this in these superb presentations. No. 1 is the winner for me.

Ayelet_A 8 11 3 Israel
20 Feb 2009 7:38AM
Beautiful shots Carol - such a striking colour and the texture looks so silky.

Ray42 8 3 England
20 Feb 2009 7:51AM
Lovely shots and presentation - interesting write up
20 Feb 2009 8:03AM
The colour and detail you have captured in these images is superb.
v1 for me....Gill
MandsH 9 England
20 Feb 2009 8:07AM
These are gorgeous, particularly enjoyed them
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
20 Feb 2009 8:14AM
Beautiful rich red

20 Feb 2009 8:20AM
great capture and light
ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 8:43AM
Very nice shot great textures...
Nice colours..
Another top shot...

piccy 10 8 Wales
20 Feb 2009 8:53AM
Wow, poppies so soon. Lovely sight.
GazzaG2003 13 319 England
20 Feb 2009 9:02AM
V1 just oozes red to me, the shot is exceptional, sharp and detailed and very well presented, it was a pleasure to view
20 Feb 2009 9:08AM
Gorgeous trio, beautiful rich colours and light.
20 Feb 2009 10:09AM
Top quality set
20 Feb 2009 10:33AM
V1 for me Carol
User_Removed Junior Member 10 16 England
20 Feb 2009 10:39AM
Lovely deep colour here Carol
Gezina 10 3 6 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 10:55AM
So beautifully captured with vibrant colour and superb presentation - like the composition of V1 most Ina
Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
20 Feb 2009 11:01AM
Beautiful work Carol
bayleaf 9 8 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 11:09AM
Beautiful images Carol,

20 Feb 2009 11:25AM
A stunning set of images Carol,beautiful.

Jean x
20 Feb 2009 11:27AM
Good narative, version 1 for me .

Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
20 Feb 2009 12:16PM
Excellent captures Carol

Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
20 Feb 2009 12:45PM
One of my favorite flowers, right up there with roses. I continue to envy youSmile
HUMIE 9 2 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 12:45PM
ALL three are superb Carol.

20 Feb 2009 1:01PM
Makes me long for spring! All three are superb. Sandra
20 Feb 2009 1:28PM
All images are very beautiful .
challicew 8 1 1 South Africa
20 Feb 2009 1:48PM
These are awesome photographs!
20 Feb 2009 2:16PM
three wonderful shots superb red
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
20 Feb 2009 2:31PM
Three grand shot's.
I can only vote once.

cjl47 8 4 3 England
20 Feb 2009 2:53PM
Three lovely shots, great colour.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
20 Feb 2009 2:56PM
I find poppies so hard to do, but you have made a master piece out of this
20 Feb 2009 3:08PM
Superb set v1. for me. Sylvia
20 Feb 2009 3:13PM
stunning! love the sharp detail .... glorious colour ... perfect in every way! V. 1 is my fav.
casson 10 3 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 3:21PM
I love these shots, the colour and texture of the flower just shines out.
sable 8 9 7 England
20 Feb 2009 3:59PM
What a fabulous set of images I like them all - beautiful colour and textures - well captured - and presented to perfection - Elizabeth
20 Feb 2009 4:00PM
Excellent captures, v1 is for me.
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
20 Feb 2009 4:00PM
Such amazing color and detail and so well presented Carol.
MRSbiscuit60 8 224 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 4:06PM
The first two versions look like paintings. Trish
PattiW 11 24 2 United States
20 Feb 2009 4:20PM
Gorgeous! Poppys do grow here in the states, in flower gardens and in fields out west . But I have tried and cannot grow a one in the flower beds! This is beautiful!
20 Feb 2009 4:21PM
Gorgeous colours, love the droplet.
SandraKay Plus
9 233 4 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 4:30PM
The rich red looks fantastic against the dark background. All beautiful images - V1 being the star for me.
2himanshu 8 23 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 4:37PM
very nice flower & shot
Lovely flowers, such a beautiful image, a lovely presentation.
franfoto 9 2 32 England
20 Feb 2009 5:12PM
How can something so beautiful be so poisonous?
This is a perfect poppy capture Jenn, the lighting and detail are superb.
Getting a few clicks and comments in while here in Cyprus but no broadband.
20 Feb 2009 5:19PM
Lovely,lovely images. V3 my favourite
20 Feb 2009 5:21PM
Ooh, that's rich.
Stevekriti 8 18 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 5:31PM
V1 Carol,absolutelly stunning!
Hope you dont pick all these wid flowers--there will soon be none left in Kriti if you do! Steve
Arty 13 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 5:38PM
Superb sent of images!! VI is my pick of the three.
fishing 8 2
20 Feb 2009 6:01PM

Quote:Three top images in subdued light Carol.....Bill



20 Feb 2009 6:18PM
three little crackers
glyndwr 9 66 9 Wales
20 Feb 2009 6:23PM
The usual high standard Carol, V3 my favourite.

20 Feb 2009 6:52PM
Well lit lovely shots,David
Crazee1ady 9 16
20 Feb 2009 7:09PM
This is gorgeous :o) I try with poppies but not quite made it yet. Mind you only just learnt about RAW so maybe they will improve.
Luxurious textures and reds not to mentionned the droplet in V3. Beautiful All threee photos are SUPERB!
Paree 11 616 3
20 Feb 2009 7:23PM
all three are truly wonderful shots.
wyatturp 11 2 England
20 Feb 2009 7:53PM
V2 for me , well done
IFIMAGE 8 143 Wales
20 Feb 2009 8:38PM
Great set, as ever stunning..
microchip 9 1 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 8:40PM
Outstanding light Carol you have captured the colours and detail superbly, wonderful Images and wonderful presentations,
exposure Plus
12 3.8k England
20 Feb 2009 8:50PM
Three beautiful Images Carol lovely colour detail light and presentations
Pouring here at the moment as It did last night.
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
20 Feb 2009 9:30PM
Absolutely exquisite Carol - another of my favourite flowers. Really cannot choose between them. Wonderful detail, texture, light and colours and the usual perfect presentation.

PS You are right - it is Goring-By-Sea Smile
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 10:24PM
I looked for poppies all of last year and your hiding them heheh! superb shot lovely rich colour and great detail
derekv 9 3 England
20 Feb 2009 10:58PM
Gorgeous colours and details, Carol.
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 11:06PM
Wonderful rich colour and detail.
Marilyn x
21 Feb 2009 10:06AM
Fantastic shots.
wolfy 12 36 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2009 2:56PM
Lovely lighting and pinsharp details
GlenD 9 United States
22 Feb 2009 12:52AM
Went for a walk myself today in my area, nothing! the rear freezes and dryness has killed everything but did play with an Armadillo for a while which was cool.
Glad you have blooms a blooming Carol three lovely Poppy shots
22 Feb 2009 1:43AM
Beautifully presented and photographed Carol.
maryg 8 66 18 Scotland
22 Feb 2009 11:58AM
Perfect poppies , love these , all of them, Beautiful reds and love the lighting those hairs are so sharp !
m3lem 10 England
22 Feb 2009 12:13PM
Carol, these are my favourite images so far, beautiful colour and detail, just outstanding.
Andrea x
MandyD Plus
8 16,777.2k 1 England
22 Feb 2009 10:33PM
Beautiful shots Carol, lovely colour and light
22 Feb 2009 11:59PM
First poppies in bloom??? I didn't know that Crete was the place they normally call heaven!!! I have to speak a serious word with my husband...
23 Feb 2009 5:46AM
I got a thing for red, these are beautiful.
nickyv32 9 135 England
23 Feb 2009 9:06AM
Stunning set of my favourite flower, beautiful Carol

Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2009 2:45PM
Wonderful carol such a beautiful colour
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
23 Feb 2009 10:42PM
Simply stunning, such a gorgeous deep red colour and all so superbly presented
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
24 Feb 2009 8:53AM
So stunningly beautiful Carol . I'm speechless xxxxxx One of my all time favourites xxx
gerrymac 9 10 1 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2009 12:06PM
3 gorgeous images of my fav. flower....# 1 if I had to choose...
25 Feb 2009 10:46PM
Big_Beavis 11 4 2 England
30 Apr 2009 3:03PM
Lovely series. No.1 for me.


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