Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale)

Summer Dance

I love the dense colour of our Oriental poppies and the way they move together so gracefully in the early summer breeze.

But the dance doesn’t last long: after what seems like just a few days, each stem in turn topples over, its flower replaced by a drying seed head.

By fall even the ferny foliage disappears, leaving no trace of the dancers – their energy hidden underground to await another summer.

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer and writer focusing on nature and the environment

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