Relaxing in the presence of poppies is a lovely way to unwind and drift off. Indeed there seems to be something
about poppies that can stir great emotion within us. Perhaps it is the strange mixture of fragility and resilience.

Poppies are such delicate flowers with petals like tissue; yet somehow they find a footing in the most inhospitable
of places. Like many other wild flowers, poppies thrive in poor soils, and can often be found brightening up derelict
landscapes, craggy corners and roadsides with their cheery blooms.

Poppies come in a range of colours, size and petal distribution. From romantic reds and pastel pinks, to lovely
lilacs and creams… each variety has the characteristic hairy stalks, large flower buds and distinctive seed heads that
eventually dry into seed ‘shaker pots’.

For some, poppy fields may bring back memories of childhood film adventures with yellow brick roads.

For others, the poppy is a hugely symbolic flower – evoking memories of comrades that have fallen in battle. The
poppy fields of Northern France are an enduring legacy, and these little flowers continue to act as a reminder of the
sacrifices made by our servicemen and women. For many people, poppies are symbols of hope and the enduring
beauty of Nature.

Lazing around poppies is a lovely way to pass the time. Watching the flowers turning towards the sunshine, stalks
delicately bending in the breeze… I hope you enjoy relaxing with my pictures.