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Old Jan 11, 2012, 2:58 PM   #1
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Default Flora - California State Flower

California's state flower is the poppy, Eschscholzia californica (I'm not much of a botanist, I had to look it up in Wikipedia). It's a wildflower that blooms in the spring, coating hillsides and valleys with bright orange flowers, sometimes tipped with yellow, in years when the weather has cooperated. Last spring wasn't a great year for poppies, but a few appeared on national forest land not far from where I live. This picture is somewhat unusual, since we don't get a lot of rain - most of our precipitation is snow and much earlier in the year (poppies don't like cold weather).



This picture was taken in June - poppies don't normally appear before February or March at lower elevations. However, yesterday I wandered over to a botanical garden near where I work and spotted a couple blooming - that really surprised me. It's been a surprisingly warm December/January, I'm hoping that the spring flowers don't start blooming too early then get killed off by the February/March storms.
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Old Jan 11, 2012, 3:13 PM   #2
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Very nice capture. I like the short d-o-f to isolate the one flower.

The problem of warmer than normal temperatures exist here in the Northeast as well. We have lilies and daffodils pushing shoots up through the ground.
Unfortunately when the first frost comes that will be the end of it for this season at least.

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That is a beautiful rendition of our state flower. The water droplets are gorgeous. Well done, mtngal!
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Old Jan 11, 2012, 9:02 PM   #4
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Zig - I don't normally take pictures of flowers using such a small dof/large aperture but I was testing out a new fast lens. After seeing how this came out I decided that perhaps I should do it more often, I liked this shot.

saly - I love taking pictures of natural water droplets on plants and spider webs, I do it almost every chance I can get. It's probably the result of living in such a dry climate that I find them so endlessly fascinating.
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Beautiful shot!
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Nice bokeh.
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The lens I was trying out has the reputation for nice bokeh, it didn't disappoint. I have another lens that's a similar focal length but its a macro lens, which this new lens is not. While the macro is a bit sharper at some apertures and a lot sharper at others, it's got really harsh bokeh and not good in certain situations.
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mtngal,
Superbly done!
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