I love poppies. Of course the California Poppy with its happy orange color. But also the Iceland Poppy that comes in all kinds of color, like the fiery orange-red in the top photo, found in the garden of the Geek's aunt in East Germany. Or all the "fancy" poppies I had in my old garden.
Not only the blossoms are beautiful, the seed pods are pretty awesome as well.
But most of all, I love the "wild" red poppies that turn up everywhere in Germany as a sure sign of summer. They are on the side of the roads, spread out in fields and there are even entire meadows of poppies, like these ones in East Germany.
They are so incredibly beautiful. Nature's paint brush simply does it best. It inspired me to do my own mixed media painting of those red poppies that we call "Klatschmohn" in German. Honestly, I never am even close to nature's artistry.