Nature inspired and nature inspires—

April 9th, 2019

Who hasn’t been visited this year by a Monarch? Or the migration of a Painted Lady? Or seen the glorious abundance of posies everywhere in the aftermath of the winter rains?

My second favorite flower is the California state flower: golden poppies.

Golden Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica) is also sometimes known as the Flame Flower, la amapola, and Copa de Oro (cup of gold). The Golden Poppy, belonging to the Papaveraceae family, grows wild throughout California, and became the state flower in 1903.

A short season but oh so colorful and inspiring. Traffic on I-15 has been like flowergeddon—everyone wants photos and a “looksee” of the fields of gold. I remember growing up and having to take a car ride to Lancaster where fields and fields of golden poppies undulated gently on mounds. The Cowardly Lion never had a chance in the Wizard of Oz I always thought.

I have also noticed everyone is inspired by color: a friend painted her patio furniture Caribbean colors, another started a new way of painting on repurposed wood, my daughter dresses in an explosion of colors and I? I am inspired to line my eyes with a smoky deep purple.

How about you?

Happy Spring again,

😉 j

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