Matilija poppies

Celeste Mookherjee

Long Beach, United States

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Native to Southern California (USA) and Northern Mexico, the Matilija poppy (botanical name in tags) is a spectacular spring sight on hillsides. Individual blooms are as large as 5 inches (13 cm) across, growing on stalks up to 8 feet (2.5 m) tall. They are quite different from the small blooms that most of us equate with wildflowers. Photographed at El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach, California, USA, a preserve devoted to native plants and trees that are left in their natural state. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 226mm, f/6.3, 1/1000 sec., ISO 100, overcast, handheld)

FINALIST: fourth Gardens in Focus competition, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, Australia (June 2014)

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (October 2012)

Winner of “Wildflower Avatar Challenge” in Wildflowers of North America group (October 2013)

Winner of “Elegant in White” challenge in Wildflowers of North America group (June 2013)

Co-winner (3-way tie) of “My Best Wildflower” challenge in Wildflowers of North America group (September 2012)

Winner of “The Big Prize Challenge” in Wildflowers of North America group (March 2012)

Winner of “WILD flowers” challenge in Nature’s Paintbrush group (August 2011)

Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Your Favorite North American Wildflower” challenge in Wildflowers of North America group (April 2014)

Top 10 (3rd Place) in “Poppies” challenge in Absolute Clarity group (September 2013)

Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Colours – White” challenge in Wildflowers of the World group (July 2013)

Top 10 (3rd Place) in “First or Second Image in the Group” challenge in Wildflowers of the World group (May 2013)

Top 10 (2nd Place tie) in “Snow White” challenge in Wildflowers of North America group (January 2013)

Top 10 (4th place) in “White, White, White” challenge in Wildflowers of the World group (July 2012)

Featured in Zingers (5 August 2013)

Featured in Wildflowers of North America (11 October 2012)

Featured in Wildflowers of the World (22 June 2012)

Featured in Wildflowers of North America (2 March 2012)

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