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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Naturalmente...., Poppies around the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-14 3:57
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Points: 46
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Red Poppy is probably one of the most well known flowers in the world. It is, no doubt, one of my favourites along with Blue Cornflowers and White Chamomil - these flowers always call to my mind great summer memories.

Many notes has been already written about Red Poppy, so I will only write some quite interesting information about ancient people, of course ;-)

->Poppy as well known and used for ages (today archeologists often find poppy pods or drawings, reliefs or trinkets with poppy pattern).
-> Ancient people used poppy mainly for preparing opium. It is said that the Egyptian god Toth learned people how to do that. Opium was frequently used in religious ceremonies and as a remedy.
-> Poppy juice mixed with wine and honey was a kind of energy drink for ancient Olympic competitors.
-> In Greece was found a sculpture of goddess that looks as if she was high. She has a diadem of poppy pods on hear head.
-> Probably because of this “love” for opium poppy became a symbol of dreams and death and therefore was often a symbol of Gods of Death.
-> In eastern and middle Europe (in Poland for example) poppy have been thought to be great protection against vampires, ghosts and demons (just as garlic).
If there was a burial it was good to strew poppy seeds in the coffin, in the grave and all over the cementary - if the death person would like to walk as a ghost after burial and scary living men, it would feel great need to collect all the seeds first.
->People believed that the poppies grow on the blood of killed warriors (today we also have a poppy as a symbol of killed soldiers)
-> It was a symbol of death of innocent people and therefore it became the symbol of re-birth cause there were belief that such people will have another life.
-> In my part of the Europe Poppy seeds are very often an ingredients of holiday meals. It is remain of ancient tradition of feeding ghosts of death with poppy seeds.

And I will end the note here. Maybe there will be another ocassion to write something more about this very intersting and beautiful plant.

On my photo you can see a Red Poppy that grows on the bank of my pond (you can see a water in BG). There was strong wind this day and I wasn't sure if the photo would't be blurred, but I think the result looks quite good.

coasties, puffy, TAZ, mogens-j, red45, dew77, Runnerduck, sAner, Comandante, Janice, ddg, radz, liquidsunshine, PDP, Ninfa, flagman, dsidwell has marked this note useful
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Hello Monika

Very pretty Poppy. Nice POV and angle to the flower itself. Very well presented. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-06-14 5:05]

Nice shot of the Poppy Monika, it give me the feeling like it is going to fly with the wind... Great composition, colours and DOF. Well captured, TFS

Hi Monica - Very simple and strong composition, I really love it. The colours are very good as well as the sharpness/dof. Very artistic and a pleasant to look at. Would be great on wall in XXL

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-14 6:13]

Now, this is what I call very good note Monika ;-) Poppy looks fragile, I know how hard it is to capture, especially on wind. Great colour and composition. Title is little masterpiece - one simply question in title but it could be good start for a long story.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-14 6:29]

Hello Monica!
Very nice capture.DOF,details on red,framing and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

A great image Monika considering the wind!
Such a vibrant flower.
I really like this pov. Excellent note, thanks for posting.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-14 7:01]

Interesting note Monika. Great POV and lovely colors. This is a very good shot. I like the way it is pointing to the right. Well done & TFS!


Hi Monika!
It's great post.Colors,DOF,details and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-14 7:18]

Monika, superb tales for us to read, thank you.
The poppy looks so good especially with the grasses blowing in the wind at the same angle. Well composed, good colours and details. Well done.


znakomicie ci wyszedl ten maczek:) podoba mi sie :) kompozycja:) kolorystyka:) wszystko:)


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-06-14 9:40]

Bonjour Monica, vos photos sont toujours trés poétiques ! Magnifique red popy dans une belle composition. TFS Didier.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-06-14 10:51]

Fantastyczny kadr, ¶wietna kompozycja, chocia¿
kwiatek powinien byæ ostrzejszy.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-14 12:50]

Monika, another very nice shot.

Excellent composition with vivid shades of red and excellent contrast.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-06-14 14:13]

Single flower with great composition makes this shot perfect!!

Fantastic image Monika,
The notes are brilliant. The wind really makes this shot work well, the grasses blowing adds to the overall effect. Great composition, wonderful colours and nicely detailed.
Thanks for posting

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-06-14 16:03]

piêkny mak, dobrze zakomponowany. Ostro¶æ, g³êbia i kolory - ok. Podoba mi siê.
Pozdr, Al.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-14 16:26]

Hello Monika, very nice composition, great with the water in the BG. Nice details on the poppy. Great shot, very well done.

Very beautiful picture, Monika.
Good POV, well composed, very good details and DOF.
Great work.

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2005-06-15 1:18]

Hola Monika: Bella perspectiva, me gusta mucho la composición, el movimiento y los detalles de la iluminación captados son hermosos. El fondo es excelente y esos destellos le dan un toque romántico y mágico simultáneamente. Muy buena la nota que escribiste. También me gusta el marco que colocaste, una foto bella para una postal. Felicitaciones, Sin duda alguna: una de mis favoritas. Gracias. *Ninfa Urania*

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-15 8:07]

Superbe coquelicot bien mis en valeur dans cette sobre et belle composition.
Beautiful Poppy in this nice shot !!!

A simple but stunning photo, Monika. Beautiful.
By the way, you have a nice big pond!

Very interesting note and the photo is unique, so even though we've all seen photos of poppies, this one's background, point of view and moment captured make it interesting and engaging. Nice one, Monika!

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-07-12 18:26]

Hi Monika
Very nice image, perfect composition with good framing.
Great shot!

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