Vivid Welsh Poppy: Sunshine Colour and Silk

This saffron-tinted variety of the usually yellow Welsh Poppy (Meconopsis cambrica), is so vivid that I resorted to using indirect light – rather than direct sun – to allow the silky delicate details of the petals to be captured. The same happens with some human faces, something well-known in portraiture. Although they can be difficult to get established, the Welsh Poppy will self-seed if happy in their situation. This is one of the few Meconopsis poppies that is not from Asia, where those stunning blue species can be found. A quick identification tip for Meconopsis poppies: look at the shape of the green centre that becomes the seed pod, and it will be tapered as opposed to flattened like in other orange poppy species.

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Wet and Stormy Spring

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Well, these willow trees – photographed in April – are doing a good job at summarizing most of spring, 2017. When the sun pops out and the soil starts to dry, then there is a lot of work to be done in a short time. However, in a few weeks time summer may pay a visit and hot dry days descend upon us. This April and May there is much greenery, so let us enjoy it for what it is: soon we may be surrounded by brown grasses and hot dry winds.