Saturday, 12 July 2008

Poppy field

Location : somewhere between Peterborough and Northampton.
As we promised, some poppies picture from summer this year. Self explaining picture, enjoy!!!
Note : Josiah is asleep, so he can't join us :-(
Honestly, we found this field accidently on the way to Norfolk, supposedly the home of poppies. Glad to say that we don't have to make the long journey to Norfolk for it then!
A poppy is any of a number of showy flowers, typically with one per stem, belonging to the poppy family. They include a number of attractive wildflower species with showy flowers found growing singularly or in large groups; many species are also grown in gardens. Those that are grown in gardens include large plants used in a mixed herbaceous boarder and small plants that are grown in rock or alpine gardens.The flower color of poppy species include: white, pink, yellow, orange, red and blue; some have dark center markings. The species that have been cultivated for many years also include many other colors ranging from dark solid colors to soft pastel shades. The center of the flower has a whorl of stamens surrounded by a cup- or bowl-shaped collection of four to six petals. Prior to blooming, the petals are crumpled in bud, and as blooming finishes, the petals often lie flat before falling away.
Poppies have long been used as a symbol of both sleep and death: sleep because of the opium extracted from them, and death because of their (commonly) blood-red color. In Greco-Roman myths, poppies were used as offerings to the dead.Poppies are used as emblems on tombstones to symbolize eternal sleep. This aspect was used, fictionally, in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to create magical poppy fields, dangerous because they caused those who passed through them to sleep forever.
A second meaning for the depiction and use of poppies in Greco-Roman myths is the symbolism of the bright scarlet colour as signifying the promise of resurrection after death.

Until next year poppy fields!!!!!

2 comments:

Ellena said...

Wow.. this is another great piece of art from the Lord.... I really loves all these beautiful flowers, trees, mountains and etc... along the countryside during the travelling journey....and I must said that.. this is really beautiful......

J.H said...

thanks for all of your kind words. Yes, british are so fortunante with the view of their land. Unfortunatelly they doesn't seem to give the credit back to the creator :-(