Each evening, after work, I wander through my gardens, bathing in the vibrant green air, inhaling the overlaying scents, colors, textures. Letting go of the day. Marveling at how much changes in a day.

Late May brings the drowsy soft heads of poppies. Those overlarge buds, so deceptively shy and sleepy enchant me. Buds of clustered anticipation.

Slowly, the slightest hint of crimson emerges–a tantalizing glimpse amidst the green. A tender promise.

Then suddenly, almost overnight, there’s a brazen crowd of blowsy blossoms shaking their crumpled petals in the breeze. A chorus line of Parisian show girls–long stalks of bare legs and colorful petticoats flying.

I’m forever startled by this transformation from demure to brazen. Forever grateful.

Bedazzled by poppies.

12 thoughts on “Poppies

  1. Debbie Lynn says:

    I love the word bedazzled. Your photos are gorgeous, making those poppies pop.

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  2. cvarsalona says:

    I am forever grateful for your photos that show a dramatic transformation, Molly. I have a young peony in my perennial garden and can’t wait to when it opens.

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  3. Enchanting with strong imagery. I have a new appreciation for poppies now.

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  4. Amanda Potts says:

    “Marveling at how much changes in a day” – YES! This is it exactly. Bedazzled, brazen, blowsy…all the words in this post. You have captured my fascination. Thank you.

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  5. Hal Borland has a worthy successor. I know I have all sorts of ideas for your writing/publishing career. But a brief poem, nature observation on a daily basis? I’m just saying.

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  6. mbhmaine says:

    That’s a fabulous compliment, and I definitely was inspired by him! If I hadn’t been rushed to write this, I would have written a bit about Hal Borland and how much I’m enjoying the book you sent. Lydia, my daughter, reads it every day as well and we enjoy sharing our favorite bits. What a wonderful gift! I want to buy and send one to so many people!
    PS I appreciate your looking out for my career 🙂


  7. Tim Gels says:

    Photo infused poetry? Poetry infused photography? I’m not sure, but thank you for sharing it!

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