Ever wonder where those little guys get their caps from? Here’s one just about ready to pop off and become a head-warmer! It is of course the state flower of California, Eschscholzia californica, or California Poppy.

What I loved about this image most was the diagonal line made by the petal ready to be unfurled under the cap. Also nice colour contrasts between the orange, red, white, green of the poppy and the blue of the background daisies.

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I live in a small place – Tasmania, the smallest state of Australia – but it is a place of great beauty and diversity. I love the beauty found in the natural world and in the people around me. Please view and enjoy my images. I hope you see something that resonates. Email me and tell me what you think – I enjoy hearing from art lovers and customers.

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  • Jen Millard
    Jen Millardover 5 years ago

    Very cool!

  • Thank you Jen

    – David Lade

  • Karirose
    Kariroseover 5 years ago

    So very nice! I like the composition. I enjoyed watching the progress of the poppies growth when I grew them in my yard.

  • reply | report | delete David Lade, 4 days ago

    I just looked at your poppy painting Kari. Thank you for the kind words.

    – David Lade

  • jacqi
    jacqiover 5 years ago

    Lovely image, the colours complement each other so well.

  • Thanks Jacqi

    – David Lade

  • Steve Chapple
    Steve Chappleover 5 years ago

    Stunning depth, colours and composition!

  • Thanks Steve

    – David Lade

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 5 years ago

    I loved the image and your words added to my enjoyment!

  • I’m pleased you enjoyed it!

    – David Lade

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago

    fabulous! brillant colors and DOF!

  • Thanks Cheryl

    – David Lade

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.over 5 years ago

    The composition is stunning and the contrast between the orange and purple/blue flowers in the back gives it a very lively feel.

  • Thanks poupoune.

    – David Lade

  • BevB
    BevBover 5 years ago

    Very nice capture indeed, and such an interesting description to go with it :-)


  • Thanks for that Bev

    – David Lade

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 5 years ago

    simply fantastic!

  • Thank you for that.

    – David Lade

  • Gisele Bedard
    Gisele Bedardover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous composition and colors!!

  • Thanks micmac

    – David Lade

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