|Copyright: michael shalter (retlash)
|Date Taken: 2013-05-27|
|Camera: Lumix FZ48|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-05-27 6:40|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) contains no opium unlike its cousin but goes back a long way in human culture. Poppies have been found in 3000-year-old Egyptian tombs and have been cited by Homer in his Iliad. The connection with war dates from Genghis Kahn when the blood in fields of slaughtered soldiers was said to yield white poppies (the opium kind). In 19th century Napoleonic wars, the same connection with blood-drenched fields was made, but with indigenous red poppies.|
Around 1918, an American woman by the name of Moina Michael wrote the following words:
We cherish too, the Poppy red
that grows on fields where valor led.
It seems to signal to the skies
that blood of heroes never dies.
Ms. Michael adopted the custom of wearing a red poppy in memory of the sacrifices of war and also as a symbol of keeping the faith.
A French woman, Madame Guerin, visiting the States, learned of the custom and took it one step further. When she returned to France, she decided to make artificial red poppies and sell them to raise money for the benefit of the orphaned and destitute women and children in war torn areas of France. The tradition spread to Canada, the USA, and Australia where it is still followed today. The money collected from the sale of poppies goes to fund various veteran programs. So, PLEASE, buy a Poppy!
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- [2013-05-27 16:00]
Hi Michael, The red ias so vivid, I love it...Interesting poppy with a black cross in the middle... Nice work & TFS