California Tree Poppy
.....a.k.a. Romneya coulteri or Coulter's Matilija Poppy
How could I resist this for Flower Friday. These seedpods were so perfect and hardly looked real. Please view it in LARGE.
I had the most wonderful day with blipper, ShirleyRay, who very kindly picked me up and took me to the Springs Preserve, a beautiful desert botanical gardens. While waiting for the butterfly house to open we had the chance to explore a variety of plants and flowers that were completely new to me. I am amazed that we got any shots however, because we were so busy yakking about photography, camera, lenses etc. Finally, we settled in for a long lunch and more gabbing. It was like we had known each other for years. Thanks, Sheryl, for a fabulous day. I look forward to future blipmeets when I am here to visit.
I have loaded an extra of Shirleyray focused on a large hanging vegetable and some of the rest of my shots can be found on Flickr.