Did you know that the California State Flower is the California Poppy?
The California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is one of my favorite flowers. Every spring we get to see them bloom all over the place. My favorite place to see them is at the Dublin Heritage Center in Dublin, California. I love the way that a ray of sunlight back-lights this beautiful poppy. It is also interesting that I caught a fly landing on the flower. This is one of my favorite flower pictures that I have taken.
I also like to see a large grouping of poppies that are wide open. One thing that I really like about them is that they will open up with the sun and then close back when it starts getting dark.
The picture above was also used in a previous post called Heritage Flowers. These pictures were taken in the Dublin Pioneer Cemetery which is part of the Heritage Center. For more pictures from the cemetery you can also look at Heritage Lilies.
I will also share one more California Poppy picture.
During the spring when the poppies are blooming they are unable to cut the grass or clear out the weeds in the cemetery as the California Poppies are protected. This can be a very beautiful time to visit as the cemetery is a bit overgrown at that time and has a certain type of beauty that is hard to describe.
The Wild Prairie Rose is the State Flower from the State I was born in.
What is your State Flower?