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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-11
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-05-12 7:59
Viewed: 2197
Points: 46
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Papaver rhoeas (common names include corn poppy, corn rose, field poppy, Flanders poppy, red poppy, and red weed) is a species of flowering plant in the poppy family, Papaveraceae. This poppy, a native of Europe, is notable as an agricultural weed (hence the "corn" and "field") and as a symbol of fallen soldiers.

P. rhoeas sometimes is so abundant in agricultural fields that it may be mistaken for a crop. The only species of Papaveraceae grown as a field crop on a large scale is Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy.

The plant is a variable annual, forming a long-lived soil seed bank that can germinate when the soil is disturbed. In the northern hemisphere it generally flowers in late spring, but if the weather is warm enough other flowers frequently appear at the beginning of autumn. The flower is large and showy, with four petals that are vivid red, most commonly with a black spot at their base. Like many other species of Papaver, it exudes a white latex when the tissues are broken.

During World War I corn poppies bloomed in waste grounds of much of the Western front, where they provided a vivid reminder of the bloody battles that had so recently taken place there. The corn poppy is immortalized in the poem In Flanders Fields by Canadian poet John McCrae. Similarly, it is a symbol of the blood of Polish soldiers killed in the Battle of Monte Cassino in the Polish war song Czerwone maki na Monte Cassino (Red Poppies on Monte Cassino).

The corn poppy has become a cultural icon to military veterans, especially veterans of World War I, and has become associated with wartime remembrance, especially during Remembrance Day or Anzac Day in Commonwealth countries. In Canada, where the corn poppy is largely associated with Remembrance Day, the Canadian Mint in 2004 released into circulation a quarter with a commemorative reverse featuring a corn poppy colored red.

This poppy is a common weed in Europe and is found in many locations, including Flanders Fields. Canadian surgeon and soldier, John McCrae wrote the poem In Flanders Fields on May 3, 1915, after witnessing the death of his friend, Lt. Alexis Helmer. The opening line of the poem vividly depicts corn poppies blowing in the wind amongst the many crosses that mark the resting places of fallen soldiers.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2013-05-12 8:39]

Superb...are tot ce vrei captura ta...culoare, lumina, claritate... si cand te gandesti ca unora le da in plus si senzatii speciale...

Lovely image , well presented with natural colors and ton of details, is always a treat to watch. Well Done

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-12 9:20]

Hi Marius,
Beautiful romantic photo. Nice colours amd
sharpness details with excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-12 9:37]

Hi Marius,common but Always beautiful,especillay if the pic is very artistic like your,spectacular backlight and the best quality.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Marius, lovely composition with nice poppy, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Marius
Super good sharpness and great composition
nice BG good light and beautiful colours
i like this pic
thanks greeting lou

Beautiful photo Marius! Excellent composition, fantastic colours and very good sharpness.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-05-12 22:12]

Buna Marius,
E magica compozitia ta ! Culorile lumina si claritatea si fundalul sunt exceptionale ! O saptamana frumoasa, Tina

This composition with a single poppy flower in bloom looks fabulous on my Mac screen, Marius.
It is a flawless picture with just the right exposure and colour scheme.
Thanks for sharing it.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-13 0:13]

Beautiful image of this poppy, very red in green, fine composition. tfs.

Hello Mr.Marius,
Beautiful flower.Nice angle which showing light coming through transparent petals.Details are really attractive.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-05-13 2:31]

Hello Marius,
Love red poppies and these are shown in a very artistic manner with this fine shot.
Just one bud open, the other in expectation of te "red wonder". Lovely picture!
Kind reagrds

Hello Marius
Beautiful image and light, excellent composition and detail.
A fine photo
regards yiannis

Hi Marius, I love this artistic presentation. Well seen with 3d effect. Very well done. JC

Hi Marius,
beautiful. Perfect composition. Amazing! Nice atmosphere. Excellent colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Marius,
wonderfully composed picture of these poppies with beautiful colours and splendid light. I especially like the colour contrast of red and green.
Best wishes,

Ciao Marius. Magnificent backlight here! Razor details agains the blurred BG. Well done MF.


Unna bella i plástica composición. Muy buen conrol de la luz y gran naturalidad del conjunto.
Saludos Marius,

J. Ignasi.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-05-14 0:29]

A very good picture Marius! A very typical picture at this time of the year, but a very difficult picture and you did an excellent work here. I like it. Congratulation.

Bom dia Marius
Fantastic capture my Friend.Superb back light effect.Wonderful colour combination and lighting.Excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

Bonjour Marius,
C'est beau, très artistique dans une excellente composition et sous une très belle lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-20 8:20]

Hello Marius,
Missed this one during my holiday.
Excellent shot of this Common Poppy taken from a perfect low POV with this plain background. Great sharpness, details and beautiful colours. Fantastic composition.

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