It’s early March and our delightful California poppies (the native that is our state flower) are nodding their bright orange heads in every direction! I captured this one with a Silver Torch cactus in the background because I liked the dynamics of the two crossing diagonals forming a suggestion of an ‘X’ shape. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/640 sec., ISO 200, morning sun, handheld) Location: Palos Verdes, California, USA.

California poppies are drought-tolerant, 2-inch-diameter flowers that grow to a height of 12 to 18 inches. Fields of these flowers growing wild are a major tourist attraction in places such as the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.

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Top 10 (2nd Place) in “ORANGE You Pretty” challenge in Wildflowers of North America group (May 2014)

Co-winner of “Pumpkin Orange Wildflowers” challenge" in Wildflowers of North America group (October 2013)

Top 10 in “Beginning with C” challenge in Wildflowers of the World group (October 2013)

Top 10 in “Oranges and Reds” challenge in Wildflowers of North America group (July 2013)

Top 10 in “Orange” challenge in Wildflowers of North America group (April 2013)

Top 10 in “Wildflower for March” challenge in Wildflowers of the World group (March 2012)

Featured in One Single Flower on Display (1 June 2013)

Featured in Wildflowers of the World (11 March 2012)

Featured in THE GROUP (5 March 2012)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 3 years ago

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devinealmost 3 years ago

    A beautiful shot of a very attractive flower – but you might not like to know that it is regarded as a pest in national parks here! I have seen it rampant along the banks of the Snowy River in the park of that name.

  • Thank you, Bette! I realize that plants appreciated in one place where they are native may be considered invasive pests in others. That’s not for me to like or not but simply to recognize as reality. If a plant is not native and starts usurping plants that are native, it becomes a big problem. It happens here too.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Thank you, Larry!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Lynn Starner
    Lynn Starneralmost 3 years ago

    Lovely capture!

  • Thank you, Lynn, I appreciate your visit and comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertalmost 3 years ago

    This is a gorgeous image, Celeste!!

  • Thanks very much, Brenda!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work. Great contrasts.

  • Thank you, Joy! The light was right, and the flower was fresh and new. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Dr. Harmeet Singh
    Dr. Harmeet Singhalmost 3 years ago

    lovely capture

  • Thank you kindly for your visit and comment, Harmeet!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • claireh
    clairehalmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous Celeste, such a beautiful shade

  • Thank yu very much, Claire! California poppies are indeed a wonderful color!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Poplealmost 3 years ago

    I lve the contrast here . . .so bold . . .lovely Celeste . . .x

  • Thank you, Teresa! They are bold flowers, but I really liked the way the dark background made the flower look even bolder.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Christine Annas
    Christine Annasalmost 3 years ago

    Instant fave and love the drama you created here!

  • Thanks very much, Chris, and I appreciate the fave!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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