Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Red Poppies

Red Poppies by linfrye
Red Poppies, a photo by linfrye on Flickr.

1/4 Sheet
Arches 140#CP Rough

Though a bit late for Memorial Day, it still seems fitting to post these poppies! We had the opportunity last week for a short visit to two gardens last week - both filled with wonderful poppies. From red to purple, pink, blue and California orange - the poppies were plentiful. Even along the highways of North Carolina, poppies dress the landscape ....

Poppies often represent beauty, magic, consolation, fertility and eternal life. The Egyptians included poppies at funerals and in burial tombs. The flowers were used by the Greeks in the shrines of Demeter and Diana. But more than anything, the red poppy has been associated with Flanders fields as an emblem of those who died in World War I. The tradition of poppies to memorialize our fallen soldiers continues as we remember the sacrifices of the men and women who have kept our country free. May we continue to remember and to honor them ...


Kathleen Marie Pequignot said...

So pretty Lin! :) Great colors.

Teri Casper said...

Just gorgeous Lin!!!

Lorraine said...

Just gorgeous Lin. I beginning to think that the flowing lines around a more detailed image or images is becoming your trademark. I love it.

It's never too late for Memorial Day. In fact we should be aware every day of just how many brave souls we have lost to senseless wars. Just last night on the news I watched they showed the number of U.S. citizens that have died in all the wars. I tried to find the article just now but couldn't. But the numbers were astounding. All that promise; all the family members bearing the grief. So no, it's never too late to recognize them.

The words of John Lennon about peace never leave my mind.

Joan T said...

Lovely!!! They are such a simple shaped flower, but boy are they gorgeous! I'll have to go back to my friend, Susan's garden and see if hers are still in bloom.

Have a super day!