Poppies have long been used as a symbol of both sleep and death: sleep because of the opium extracted from them, and death because of the common blood-red color of the red poppy in particular. In Greek and Roman myths, poppies were used as offerings to the dead. Poppies used as emblems on tombstones symbolize eternal sleep. This symbolism was evoked in the children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in which a magical poppy field threatened to make the protagonists to sleep forever.Oddly, the poppy field affected the film’s characters in the same order the cast members actually died. I took this photo in Rockaway NJ with my Nikon D3100. I used an 85mm macro lens.