Orange Poppy

Marilyn Harris

Joined February 2008

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Orange Poppy

Featured in Everyday Women, From the Heart and Colour Me a Rainbow (In Nature)

Taken in my garden – Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.

Poppies are herbaceous annual, biennial or short-lived perennial plants. Some species are monocarpic, dying after flowering. Poppies can be over 4 feet tall with flowers up to six inches across. The flowers have 4 to 6 petals, many stamens forming a conspicuous whorl in the centre of the flower and an ovary consisting of from 2 to many fused carpels. The petals are showy, may be of almost any colour and some have markings. The petals are crumpled in the bud and as blooming finishes the petals often lie flat before falling away. Poppies are in full bloom late spring to early summer.

Poppies have long been used as a symbol of sleep, peace, and death: Sleep because of the opium extracted from them, and death because of the common blood-red colour 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 sleep forever.

The poppy of wartime remembrance is Papaver rhoeas, the red-flowered corn poppy. This poppy is a common weed in Europe and is found in many locations; including Flanders, which is the setting of the famous poem “In Flanders Fields” by the Canadian surgeon and soldier John McCrae. In Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, artificial poppies are worn to commemorate those who died in war. This form of commemoration is associated with Remembrance Day, which falls on November 11.

Canon PowerShot A650IS

Shutter Speed: 1/640sec
Aperture: F4.0
ISO: 80

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