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Poppy Bud. by William Brennan

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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.


flower, bud, poppy

I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • aMOONy
    aMOONyover 3 years ago

    Great macro!

  • Thanks a lot aMOONy. :)

    – William Brennan

  • JanT
    JanTover 3 years ago

    Love all parts of a poppy (the visual aspects ;) and you’ve captured such an appealing one, with focus and shallow dof.

  • Thanks so much Jan! It was the most visually appealing one by far. It made for a great shot. :)

    – William Brennan

  • JanT
    JanTover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature in The power of simplicity!

  • And thank you for the feature as well! :)

    – William Brennan

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesover 3 years ago

    stunning shot , a fave for me , so perfect in its simplicity!

  • Thanks Jules. Simple is almost always better in my opinion. ;)

    – William Brennan

  • Jessica Manelis
    Jessica Manelisover 3 years ago

    great shot! interesting fact about the movie too!!

  • Thanks a lot Jessica. That was an eerie fact. I didn’t know that until I posted this picture. :)

    – William Brennan

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot! Just gorgeous!

  • Thanks James! I can’t wait for them to bloom. :)

    – William Brennan

  • Leslie Guinan
    Leslie Guinanover 3 years ago


  • Thank you Leslie. :)

    – William Brennan

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignabout 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • You’re very welcome! :)

    – William Brennan

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