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California Glory

California Glory
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-14
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(Yellow) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-15 5:44
Viewed: 2726
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is a Sunday morning as I post this. In early days, Sunday was the first day of the week, not the last day. Friday at sunset was the last for some, including today's modern B&H Camera in NYC because they are Orthodox Jewish and follow their faith. Faith....I have faith that someday I shall return to every place I love or have loved, including the state where this flower is a symbol....The California Poppy.

I have seen fields of Cal poppies in the sun, in the darkness of twilight, in the fog of the early morning and on Todd's Point, a bluff which jets out into the ocean where on one day the waves blew in on surf so high that I was drenching wet while standing on high cliffs 100 feet above the shore. In that time the poppies blew every slow slightly in the wet and windy damp air. Yet they survived to be there the next morning as the sun broke through the fog. And they shone so bright you could see them for 500 feet...no more...across the street and up another street....or perhaps two where the horizon blended from yellow to blue green of the Pacific.

The ocean is ever so powerful, and is most present in my mind every time I see a small group of these flowers. For me they hold more than a picture...they hold within them a memory of a place in time, and a place in geography....where a piece of my mind blends along with the colors of the poppy and the sea.

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Happy Birthday Bob!!!
What a beautiful shot! Amazing flower - amazing photo.
I also have faith that I will someday be able to return to all the places that were dear to me.

Hi Bob.
Meaningful notes to go with your image. I can just imagine the colours of fields of these, wow, it would be beautiful.
Wonderful colours throughout the whole image with the darker out of focus background really making the yellow stand out.

New Zealand

hi bob,
lovely floral shot, the colours are well saturated,nice point of view, dark bggives good contrast to the flowers, very nice notes as always,
tfs & regards

Hi Bob,
Oh how very pretty..I love the bright color .TFS

nice colors good focus nice DOF good compostion with the two bright flowers and the dark background.

Hi Bob,
Lovely shot this flowers stand up in contrast with the BG, well composed, and great notes,
TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Hi Bob,
Happy Birthday. This is a beautiful flower to celibrate your birthday. Lovely colours , both the flower and the BG.
Fine details and nice DOF.
Well done,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-15 12:28]

Hi Bob,
:)) I hope you have a great day......or what's left of it! :)
A great shot for the occasion.
Sharp with vivid colours.
Well done mate,
Joe :)

Beautiful flowers...Surrealistic colors...Well captured...TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-16 7:50]
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Hi Bob,
Happy Birthday to you !!
Beautiful Poppies and brilliant yellow colour. Very sharp image with spot-on focus and exposure. I like the colour contrasts here and it presents a soothing effect. I can well imagine now how a poppy field will look like dancing with the cool breeze - a bright yellow wave. Excellent POV and a breath-taking composition. Kudos.

Nature is the beauty and flowers are her breath.-----From some members comments I came to know that 15th is your birthday.It was that day when flowers were bloomed and a mother delighted with her new born Bob. The way flowers blossomed little Bob splayded his aroma, nature graced him and in result Bob revealed the aeonian mantrap of the world. Like the beauty of the flowers, that you captured in your camera and thought, I pray for your stay with us like a ocean , forever.

Hello Bob,
beautiful colors these Cal Poppies, I like also the violet background: a simple and strong image.

Hello Bob. Very beautiful floral composition, superb colors and very good focus. Splendid photograph. Cheer

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