The beautiful, glowing Raindrops on Poppy on image was broken off in a spring rainstorm. I photographed it in a blue ceramic bowl with the raindrops still sparkling.
Poppies are ornamental plants grown for their bright blooms and, with some species, for their edible seeds. The species Papaver somniferum is the seed-producer. These seeds contain powerful medicinal alkaloids in a crude form of opium. In ancient times the seeds were used as pain relievers, narcotics and as recreational drugs. During World War I, trench warfare took place in the red flowered corn poppy fields of Flanders, France. Since that time, the red poppy has symbolized remembering soldiers who have died.
Poppies species may be annuals, biennials or short-lived perennials. Typically the flowers have four to six showy petals around a raised center, blooming from late spring to early summer. Oriental poppies may be over 4 feet tall with very large flowers, up to six inches across. Opium poppy cultivation is closely monitored by international agencies, as it is used to produce both dried latex and opium, which is the precursor to morphine, heroin and codeine. Because the opium is sedating, poppies are used as symbolic for sleep.
Poppy seeds as a food are rich in oil used in cooking and in some products like margarine, as well a good source of carbohydrates, calcium and protein.
The summer season is when the flowering cycle of many ornamental plants is in full bloom. Summer is our name for the warmest of the four temperate seasons and, in the Northern Hemisphere, it traditionally includes the three months of June, July and August. In the United States, the Memorial Day holiday weekend at the end of May marks the beginning of the summer season and the Labor Day holiday at the end of September marks the closure. During the summer, daylight hours lengthen, contributing to warmer temperatures and the rapid growth of vegetation and the maturing of crops. Many people take advantage of the warmer temperatures and the school holidays to enjoy time outdoors and vacation.
Jeanette French, paintings, photographs, canvas prints framed prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards, gift cards, fine art.
Creating portals of light, love, joy, beauty, compassion, hope and gratitude is my lifelong passion and gift for the earth, hence the name of my art business, For the Earth. My mother painted in oils when I was young and encouraged my own drawing, painting and handcrafting in all forms. My father, the photographer, gave me my first camera at age 8. As a result of these loving influences, I am a lifelong student of both mediums. I am grateful to my wonderful Pacific NW painter teachers, Stan Capon and Edi Olson, for training my eye and technique. I hope you will enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed its creation. More gifts for the earth can be found at this website, jeanette-french.pixels.com.
March 27th, 2016
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