Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Matilija Poppy, Backlit

Matilija Poppy, Romneya coulteri, Mission Trails Park. These flowers are gorgeous from above and, as shown, below as well. The backlighting brings out the crepe paper texture and purity of these flowers. The plants are not very common, largely because the seeds require fire to be able to germinate. As humans have been effectively putting out wildfires for some time, it has likely taken its toll on these awesome plants. They are a tad sensitive when they are young but once established will rapidly take over an area as they spread through runners.

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