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Eschscholzia californica

Eschscholzia californica
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Copyright: Christian Winkelblech (Christian-Pfalz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 10] (764)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-22
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Ericsson K770i
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Masterpieces with Bridge or Compact cameras [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-22 2:49
Viewed: 3570
Points: 20
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hello tn,
The California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is native to grassy and open areas from sea level to 2,000m (6,500 feet) altitude in the western United States throughout California, extending to Oregon, southern Washington, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and in Mexico in Sonora and northwest Baja California.

It can grow 5–60 cm tall, with alternately branching glaucous blue-green foliage. The leaves are ternately divided into round, lobed segments. The flowers are solitary on long stems, silky-textured, with four petals, each petal 2–6 cm long and broad; their color ranges from yellow to orange, and flowering is from February to September. The petals close at night or in cold, windy weather and open again the following morning, although they may remain closed in cloudy weather.[1] The fruit is a slender dehiscent capsule 3–9 cm long, which splits in two to release the numerous small black or dark brown seeds. It is perennial in mild parts of its native range, and annual in colder climates; growth is best in full sun and sandy, well-drained, poor soil.

It grows well in disturbed areas. In addition to being planted for horticulture, revegetation, and highway beautification, it often colonizes along roadsides and other disturbed areas. It is drought-tolerant, self-seeding, and easy to grow in gardens. It is also pictured in welcome signs while entering California.


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Very nice and colorful picture. Amazing colour and detail reproduction of the yellow flower. BG is excellent. Its coloration and smoothness is impressive, regards and thanks for sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-07-22 4:21]

hallo Christian,
Ein sehr leuchtendes und gut gestaltetes Blumenbild. Mir gefallen diese kalifornische Mohnblumen sehr, wir haben auch welche in unserem Botaanischen Garten. Gute Bildschärfe und die "schwierige" gelbe Farbe hast Du gut gemeistert.
Herzliche grüsse

Ciao Christian. The manage of light on colours like this is a little masterpiece. Great contrast with the BG. Very well done.


hello Christian
this are 2 Beauty,s
great sharpness and super good light
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

Hello Christian,
You did this with the camera on your cell phone? ... incredible! congratulations! Bravo!...
Regards, Jesús

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-22 11:55]

Hello Christan,
Beautiful photo in great clarity. Splendid colours in good contrast against the dark BG. Excellent sharpness and details.

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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-07-22 14:42]

Hi Chris,

Fantastic colour on these poppies. I had some in my garden last year, they are great and keep flowering for a long season.



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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-07-22 23:01]

Hi Christian,
Excellent photo, great yellow colors with fine details, TFS!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-23 0:37]

Hello Christian,
excellent colours of yellow in wonderful sharpness. The stamens are so sharp and the difference is so contrast.
I like the intense colour you cature.
Nice and simply.


Hi MF Chris,

Fantastic macro capture of these beautiful poppy flowers, you've presented them really well.
TFS and have a nice WE!


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