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Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 2 October 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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.

PENTAX K200D 1/90 second F/2.8 ISO 800 135 mm (35mm equiv.)

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PATRICK from miramas, France


2 Oct 2011 5:14am

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! You are most kind! ;-)

L'Angevine from Angers, France

sous cet effet une impression que la texture est en coton ou en lin

2 Oct 2011 6:54am

@L'Angevine: Merci beaucoup L'Angevine! ;-)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Interesting !
Great colors!

2 Oct 2011 7:27am

@Gérard Beullac: Thank you very much Gerard! ;-)

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

wow, stunning details in this gorgeous close-up shot.
think I must read the story from the Wizard of Oz once again - can't remember this intersting details you told here.

2 Oct 2011 7:40am

@Roman: Thank you very much Roman! ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

This is really a jewel, with these golden tones

2 Oct 2011 8:10am

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred! ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

At first glance I thought it was watching a beautiful brooch of precious stones. Really nice, Eric.

2 Oct 2011 9:09am

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! ;-)

DallarD from Orléans, France

Très belle image...on croirait une bague..............................

2 Oct 2011 9:15am

@DallarD: Merci beaucoup Dallard et bienvenue sur mon blog! S'il vous plaît revenir et visiter bientôt! ;-)

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Couleurs au top et texture soyeuse bien rendue. Du très bon travail....

2 Oct 2011 9:24am

@Vert Pomme: Merci beaucoup Vert Pomme! ;-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Stunning Eric.

2 Oct 2011 9:46am

@Curly: Thank you very much Curly! ;-)

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

fantastic colors
well done

2 Oct 2011 9:58am

@Shaahin Bahremand: Thank you very much Shaahin! ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful colours. Nice frame. Excellent. Thanks for the information. Well done, Eric! :)

2 Oct 2011 10:05am

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Warm colors

2 Oct 2011 10:19am

@Marie LC: Merci beaucoup Marie! ;-)

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Georgeus!!! 5*

2 Oct 2011 11:47am

@Lalena: Thank you very much Lalena! You are most kind! ;-)

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada


2 Oct 2011 12:01pm

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thank you very much Sharon! ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Love this vivid dream-like image!

2 Oct 2011 12:05pm

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! ;-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Wonderful image and great colors. A spectacular edition friend Eric! A hug, Adela

2 Oct 2011 12:31pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! ;-)

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Gorgeous deep red colour, I'd never fall to sleep looking at your photography :-)

2 Oct 2011 12:36pm

@Ainsley: Thank you very much Ainsley and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon! ;-)

tataray from france, France

Wow.... wow.... Couleurs extraordinaires.

2 Oct 2011 12:38pm

@tataray: Merci beaucoup Raymonde! Vous êtes très gentil! ;-)

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

the tight shot, glossy texture and colors made this poppy look extraordinary, truly deserving of a 5 star. Many thanks for the information regarding poppies. :)

2 Oct 2011 1:51pm

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you very much Maria! You are most kind! ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous color! Lovely close up!

2 Oct 2011 3:41pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you very much Elaine! ;-)

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

das ist sehr geworden. Farblich Wunderbar.

2 Oct 2011 4:16pm

@Heinz: Vielen Dank Heinz! ;-)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Grandisoe macro et iamge superbe ces couleurs, cette finesse, une merveille

2 Oct 2011 4:27pm

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup Nicou! ;-)

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Nice capture and very intensive colors.

2 Oct 2011 6:17pm

@Tomek: Thank you very much Tomek! ;-)

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Eric,
Fantastic colors and interesting information about this beautiful poppy. A very nice photo that I like very much again. I wish you all the best and health incl. your family. Dear greetings from Christel

2 Oct 2011 7:20pm

@Christel: Thank you very much Christel! ;-)

franz from Baden, Austria

beautiful colours in this amazing flower! interesting info, too ... and not to forget the poppies on flanders fields ...

2 Oct 2011 8:29pm

@franz: Thank you very much Franz! Yes, they were imortalized by the Canadian poet Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae when he wrote In Flanders Fields which is one of the most notable poems written during World War I. ;-)

Sandy Weston from Maine, United States

Beautiful closeup shot of this colorful bloom! Poppies are one versatile flower! ;)

2 Oct 2011 9:09pm

@Sandy Weston: Thank you very much Sandy! Yes, they definitely are! ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting - a rather grim history of this lovely flower.

2 Oct 2011 10:33pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much Barbara! ;-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Vivid colors here Eric; this is a poppy that "pops!" Nice work, mon ami.

2 Oct 2011 10:40pm

@Viewfinder: Merci beaucoup Glenn! ;-)

Dokmateo from Manila, Philippines

Gorgeous shot with beautiful definition. Great macro shot.

2 Oct 2011 10:44pm

@Dokmateo: Thank you very much Dokmateo! ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


2 Oct 2011 11:03pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack! ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

You really brought the colors out in this silk beauty Eric!

3 Oct 2011 1:12am

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much Jason! ;-)

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

WOW! This is beautiful colors and details! What a stunning capture! Love this! Nice to talk to you again Eric!!!!

3 Oct 2011 1:31am

@Wild Mustang Photography: Thank you very much Pam! ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful colors in this deathly symbol. A nice history lesson.

3 Oct 2011 5:59am

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! Yes indeed! ;-)

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Great colours!! Great macro!

3 Oct 2011 6:30am

@Riccardo: Thank you very much Riccardo! ;-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Lovely colours.. excellent shot.

3 Oct 2011 7:48am

@Sarito: Thank you very much Sarito! ;-)

janina from Melbourne, Australia

And that is why red poppies are used as a symbol for Anzac Day, which commemorates that great and totally unnecessary loss of life experienced by Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli in the first World War. I like this image, eric. I like what you've done with the texture, but am curious about the blue part in the middle of the flower, I've never noticed that before, maybe it's not seen in the red poppies we have here. best to you, :O)

4 Oct 2011 12:48am

@janina: Thank you very much Janina! This is a variety of poppy that I am not familiar with. Definitely very different from the red poppies we use on Remembrance Day! ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Lovely capture...never seen a dual color poppy before...very nice

6 Oct 2011 4:15pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! Yes, there a number of different varieties other than the one we associate with Remembrance Day... ;-)

1/90 second
ISO 800
135 mm (35mm equiv.)