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After the petals fall and the seed pod is mature, hilltribe farmers in the Golden Triangle cut slits into the side to extract the milky sap that thickens into dark, sticky raw opium.


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I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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  • betty porteus
    betty porteusabout 5 years ago

    magnificent plants for macro photography.
    The florid red may be symbolic of the sensations unleashed by the hidden chemical

  • The flowers are a beautiful mix of white, red and purple and everything inbetween. The most stunning field I saw was all purple.

    – John Spies

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