Eschscholzia californica (California
poppy, golden poppy, California sunlight, cup of gold) is a
species of flowering plant in the Papaveraceae family, native
to the United States and Mexico and now naturalised in the UK.
It is an ornamental plant flowering in summer, with
showy cup-shaped flowers in brilliant shades of red, orange
and yellow (occasionally pink). More and more often I am
seeing these with a variety of wildflower species in many of
the "miniature wildflower meadows" around Hampshire, planted
to provide a food source for our butterflies and bee's and
help ensure their survival.
This particular Poppy was
photographed outside HMS Collingwood Naval Base in Fareham,
Hampshire. Just outside the gate is a small patch of grass
with a wildflower planting measuring around 12 mtrs long by 2
mtrs wide. This planting consisted mostly of Antirrhinum's of
various colours and Red Poppies, with just a handful of
California Poppies making an appearance. These wildflowers are
usually quite successful at self seeding if the soil is good,
so I expect to see more there next year.
photograph was taken on a very went and windy day, and with
water drops on the front of my macro lens focussing was a bit
of an issues if I am honest and the resulting photograph was a
little bit soft. I did sharpen the image a little and play
with the curves to produce the black background and finally
applied a couple of filters to produce the contemporary look
that I think shows the beauty of this flower to best effect.