Argemone or Prickly Poppy
Elfin Mariposal Lily
California Coastal Sunflower
Wild Artichoke. These were miniatures though which were new to me!
Here is some more of the striking Prickly Poppies.
I had never seen these before. They resemble small Matilija Poppies.
They are so beautiful and were blanketing the coastal mountains that had burned in prior years.
I am looking in to planting some at The Holler.
Cheers to you from these most cheerful native San Diego wildflowers!
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Absotively gorgeous. We have nothing like these around here so it is good to be shown these very different flowers. I am always awed by your incredible talent and eye.
Ohhhh, I am touched and honored. Thank you~
Absolutely beautiful – so much colour!
There is something so special about wildflowers, growing on their own, waiting for someone to come upon them!
Being completely reliant on mother nature in order to survive, makes them pretty special, and we get to enjoy them in all their magnificent glory!
I am wondering why these beautiful flowers remain wild flowers. Why don’t people domesticate them? They look beautiful!!
Yes. We spend so much time nuturing non-native “exotics!” I grow lots of natives but need to do more and I am going to try and get some of these prickly poppies. I love them. Cheers to you my friend & thanks as always!
Those prickly poppies were stunning in their native habitat…as if they thrive in rough areas without competition. I’d be interested to know how you get on with them…and another excuse to see super photographs of them in a year or so’s time!
Yes that is it exactly it I suspect. The prior fire cleared the way for the poppies and provided nutrients and they took off. I was struck by their fragile beauty and tough hardiness. I will definitely post some photos next year if I suceed in transplanting them! It would seem that they should do well at The Holler~
They are gorgeous and so cheerful – great pictures!
Thanks Meg and loved your recent post!
Those prickly poppies are beautiful, so delicate. It’s quite interesting that they grew after the fire.
It gave them space and nutrients I bet! I had never seen them before as these mountains are usually covered with Manzanita and sage.
Gorgeous post! I pinned the Prickly Poppy! Thanks!
I just was drooling over your running black-white mural pics Resa. Incredible!
Wow it looks like thistles… Beautiful capture of color.. You have talent:)
Intense prickles!! These flowers do not want to be plucked!! Thanks so much for the kind words~
The flowers are lovely,Cindy.
Growing wild and free like all should be. Thank you Ranu~
The colors and textures are stunning. Thank you for posting.
Thank you for the kind appreciation~
Prickly poppy….love it! Like the lighting there too!
It is funny isn’t it? An oxymoron, or a name for a irritable chld?
I’m close but not close enough – somewhere in Union City. I did take some flower photos….
But I left my adapter thingy at home and my camera card doesn’t just plug in to my PC.
So maybe when I get home and get help I can e-mail you some. Maybe you’ll be able to tell me what they are 🙂
Thanks for visiting my Flash Fiction and other stories. I pull ’em out of thin air. At least that one anyway.
You have talent my dear and I look forward to seeing your flowers! Cheers to you Jules~
Beautiful series Cindy, and the second shot is very captivating. Wonderful work.
Honored my friend as your photography is ethereal~
Pretty Shots Cindy, are beautiful
Muchas gracias mi amiga!
Hi Cindy, very nice. My favorite is the first image of the Prickly Poppy. I’ve never seen that before and you did great photographing it 🙂
Why thank you, I had never seen the prickly poppy either and was amazed by it covering the hills. Plus you’ve gotta love the name! 😉
Beautiful! The Prickly Poppies look like “cistes”
Have a nice week Cindy!
They do look remarkably the same! Beautidul cistes! The leaves and prickles are different and the popplies are strangely flat with the centers rising up similar to matilijas. I was taken by them and their prickles!!! You have a wonderful week my friend and thank you for sharing these lovely cistes!
Thank you for sharing this beauty! 🙂
Thank you for appreciating it! It makes posting so worthwhile~
Stunning! Nature’s bounty and beauty.
As you so beautifully captured in your recent post!
Lovely light on a beautiful bloom.
Natures gifts, ours for the viewing!
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More lovely flowers to balance with beauty the serious and even distressing news. Thank you Cindy!
I feel it too my friend, the weight of the events in the world, particularly now. I know you do too and I am continuously grateful for you~
Oh. My. Gosh. These wild blooms are simply beautiful! 🙂
Yes they are! I can’t help but know they are there for us to find, and to make us happy! These were on a very isolated high mountain top, blooming as far as the eye could see. They amazed us! We had never seen these flowers~
Lucky you! 🙂
These are gorgeous!
I agree Cindy. They are beautiful
Great to hear from you & cheers to you Al!
🙂 Unfortunately I am so busy at the moment. I am glad I decided to do the Photo of the Week this year instead of the Photo of the Day
Yes indeed. Photo of the day would get exhausting!
Beautiful flowers and very great shots Cindy 🙂
Well how kind of you! Thanks much~
Wow! Cindy. Pure magic. Those Prickly Poppies are beautiful flowers – so wild and robust yet so eye-catching. Love you images.
They really are unusual and distinctive aren’t they! So glad you enjoyed them~
Very beautiful flowers, Cindy. Pawkisses for a flowerful Day 🙂
Visa versa 2 U X 2!
Cheers, they are very pretty. I particularly like the Eflin. Somebody gave it a very apt name. 🙂
There is a forest here by that name, The Elfin Forest which I agree is great imagery! Cheers to you Graham~
Heavenly, divine, would never even be enough to describe such a beauty!
From the destruction of fire comes the beauty of poppies blanketing the mountains!
Your native wild flowers are beautiful! I love them all! Hugz Blondie and Boo Bear
So happy you do you two!! 😉
a flower feast thanks Cindy, even though I am still in the northern hemisphere I have not seen anything so lovely since we were in Ronda a month ago 🙂
Very happy you enjoyed and going now to look up Ronda!
With all of the amazing textures in these photos, I feel like I’m right there with you. It’s so nice to see the world and its parts through your perspective.
This is such a lovely comment and very motivating for me to keep on clickin!
Another beautiful bounty from nature – that hairy, rose like Lily is completely new to me and wildly attractive .
Amazing isn’t it! It took me quite awhile to find out what it was!
So lovely, Cindy. Wild flowers are just as beautiful as cultivated ones. 🙂
Yes, with the added benefit of landscape design by mother nature!
Such thorns! There are many stories in that photo, Cindy! 🙂
I think so too! Pretty powerful imagery~
Gorgeous wild things. 🙂
As wild things often are! Thinking of you my friend and hope all is well~
I think I am going to try planting a wildflower lawn this year. The bees and I will love it.
Oh what a good idea! It will attract bees and butterflies and be so pretty! I hope you post photos~
Wild flowers are fascinating, aren’t they Cindy? They’re like the average woman who is not pursuing a career in entertainment or modeling — beautiful in their own rough yet delicate way.
Yes and the average woman is more beautiful in my eyes than the forced and artificial beauty depicted in magazines and movies~
I agree, Cindy!
Liebe Cindy super Fotos von den Blumen und dem Federvogel sei ganz lieb gegrüßt Klaus in Freundschaft
Vielen danke Klaus! Freundschaft~ 🙂
Absolutely beautifully captured! The essence of beauty lies within the eyes of the beholder truly! and yet flowers stay still in humble beauty!
There were no visitors on these mountain tops when we were there. Imagine the flowers blooming just for themselves with no one to see. That is beauty to me!
Those poppies are stunning! They look like they’re smiling. 🙂
They probably are!
Thanks for taking me on your journey. I love seeing flowers I have never seen before. 😀
I am so glad you do because I love finding flowers I’ve never seen before!!!
Cindy, I admired your photo shot, beautiful. Love the petals and colors. They’re really FABULOUS flowers. I like your technique – used the sun lichting- Fantastic! Thanks a lot for your wondeful clicking. Regards @Della
What a thoughtful and kind comment! Thank you my friend and cheers to you~
I love desert flowers. There’s nothing like them.
Yes, something about the thorns and delicate flowers serve up a lot of imagery and metaphors~
Beautiful pictures! But the 1st one takes the price….looks like a dreamy dancer 🙂
Thank you for the wonderful imagery, how lovely~
Those colours are incredible, Cindy. Gorgeous.
Mother Nature does good work!!!
brilliant as always Cindy!
Thank you Heather & cheers~
You surely know how to get to the heart of things Cindy and flowers are no exception. Kudos my friend!
I am just very glad to find people like you who love the same living things that I do~
Just wildflowers!!! Girl there is nothing…..J.U.S.T. about your photography!! Your pics are like magical portals to strange places and alien things!!!! These are sick, Cindy!! And it just so happens…that poppies are my favorite, (as you know one of our book covers sports one!!) and I had never known that there we’re white ones!!! Luv this and sharing it now!!! xoxo <3
I love you two!! Such an awesome creative duo and such excellent blogging friends. Hugz to you both and tons of gratitude for you!! Plus hands down you find the most interesting people to showcase on your blog which is so very kind of you. You rock!! <3 <3
What a beautiful parade of flowers!
All by their lonesome on the mountain top!! Thank you my friend~
Love those white prickly poppies.
Don’t you love the name, prickly poppy!! It brings up lots of imagery for me! You are such an amazing writer! Cheers to you~
Thanks again. I do like the name “prickly poppy,” although in my mind I always want to say “prickly pear . . .”
Yes a tad confusing!
I haven’t seen anything like the second photo. Wow!
That was exactly my reaction when I saw it! Was just reading your fascinating post about The Maldives etc., So interesting!!
These make mine pale into sickly insignificance, Cindy 🙂 Your photography is stunning! 🙂
Awwwww, you are very kind and it is most appreciated! <3
fabulous flowers Cindy. thanks for sharing.
Thank you for appreciating & cheers my friend~
Beauty in the lens of the beholder and beheld here too!
So thoughtful and appreciated!!
thanx-gracias, Cindy! I loved and I often miss San Diego and its flowers… cheers, Mélanie
We have such a variety in the coastal mountains and down into the desert! I can imagine your might well miss this!
That Prickly Poppie is a phenomenal shot!! What a beautiful photo!
Very thoughtful of you to say! It is a particularly fascinating flower~
Superb detailed floral portraits,dear Cindy ! I particularly love the indigenous plants and I always try to spot the very special properties of the surrounding area that make them flourish ! Great subject,my friend !!! Doda :-)))
We are kindred spirits Doda, as I do just the same!! Cheers & thanks my friend~
GORGEOUS! When are you going to start selling postcards?
Hi Wendy! Hmmmmmm, do people send those anymore???? I think it’s all instagram, selfies and emailing photos!
Too beautiful, Cindy. Elfin Mariposal Lily is new to me, what a fantastic shot! I have seen a lot of Wild Artichokes here, but I did not know the name of this beautiful wildflower.
Neither did I Amy. Several were actually new to me, which is always great fun. Cheers to you my friend~
Thank you for opening our eyes via your lens and words. It indeed has taught me to learn to love nature and enjoy its beauty. I’m truly honored to be your friend, Cindy!
The feeling is completely mutual Amy! Hugz & gratitude for you!
Very beautiful Cindy!
Indeed, how could such grandeur be wild? This ultimately beautiful, Ms. Cindy! Thank you. 😊
Thank you for the very thoughtful comment!
Beautiful flowers. I lik the way you’ve captured their magic! 🙂
Welcome & so happy you do!! Cheers~
Just misread the striking bit of prickly poppies…my eyeballs saw it as stinking prickly poppies!! lol was just thinking how rude that was till the brain cell caught on! Oops 😉
I can easily imagine someone calling them this is they got poked by one of their prickles!!! 😉
I wondered if they get prickly pear preserves from the prickly poppy? I remembered going to Arizona, where my grandparents lived (after Florida) and eating this delicious jelly. Anyway, Cindy, you make the photographs look like paintings! You are excellent at taking the close ups! I always seem to get shadows or some kind of imperfections! I loved the fact you tell us their names, too! I think you should get the poppies for your Holler! Smiles, Robin
I think they get the jelly form Prickly Pear Cactus and I know they eat it in many different in Arizona. Your comments are very thoughtful Robin and most appreciated~
Nice selection. Might look good at the holler.
Yes and tough enough to survive out here too!!
Merci beaucoup mon ami!
These flowers are wildly beautiful…and so independent (they don’t rely on landscapers).
Yes, this independence is what makes them so beguiling!!
Great collection of flower photos – so sharp they catch al the beauty
Thank you and very pleased that you think so!
Oh yes, I always loved the mountains and vast meadow sweeps in Monterey County as I drove home from work in the spring. After the winter rains (back when there was such a thing) the mountains and valleys would be covered with the California poppy as far as the eye could see. A little later in the season, a blue wildflower would mix in when the blue flowers started pushing through. I’m not sure which 1st Lady it was that said she intended for the highway 68 between Monterey and Salinas to be the best preserved of all wildflowers and while we were living there, it was indeed a masterpiece of a show. [The best part of it – our home was right in the middle of it all].
Well Lucy Bird Johnson was the the wildflower first lady. She took it upon herself to cover as much of the US as she could with wildflowers. Monterey is just impossibly beautiful and covered with wildflowers it must have been phenomonal! Hugz to you Sheri~
It was (and is) an incredible place to live. If it weren’t for the special fit Tom has with his psychiatrist, we’d be there in a heartbeat. We both loved the area and miss it a great deal.
Wonderful photos and reminders of the beauty in looking closely. 🙂
Very thoughtful and most appreciated!
You’re welcome Cindy
Fantastic photos! How do you get such large, clear, sharp photos?
Really happy you enjoyed my friend! I give all the credit to my sony HX300!!!
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I was reading an article this week which showed perfectly beautiful young women undergoing cosmetic surgery for perceived imperctions. I look at these amazing flowers and they have odd bits too, thorny seed pods, black speckles, leggy barbed stems, but they are still very beautiful and each of those allegedly unsightly parts have a very distinct purpose. I agree that there may be circumstances where surgery might be necessary but these young women had no need to second guess nature.
Oh I so love this comment. True beauty contains natures imperfections and these imperfections are what capture and hold our interest. All this self surgery is self abnegation, reducing oneself to a object with mass appeal. It is destruction of individuality and it makes me sad. Thank you for your perceptiveness~
Well thank you for the catalyst. Have a great weekend Cindy.
Visa versa 2 U X 2!
the colors are divine…i love exquisite beauty of wildflowers…especially the way they never seem to falter due to weather changes during their life’s season! Cindy…your posts are always rich in natures rich beauty…always a pleasure and delight to embrace…have a wonderful weekend!
You are a good person Wendell and I am honored by your thoughtful comment~
Cindy: Your photos are so beautiful that I’ve run out of superlatives to respond with! Wishing you a happy weekend.
Let’s thank Mother Nature for giving us the beauty of the natural world! I just make copies of her creation~
can U eat those lil chokes I wonder?
‘Love the wildflowers. I once planted a teeny tiny meadow in a teeny tiny enclosure outside our old apartment–fond memories, and of course–the mountains for real. 🙂
I had never seen these little chokes before so I have no idea if they are edible, but I would guess they are mostly thistle. I wish I could have seen your tiny meadow. It sounds beautiful~
I love the yellow poppy, not seen one like that before. The spiky inside reminds me a little of a Venus Flytrap plant! 🙂
Yes it looked to me like a carnivorous flower too!! Thanks for noticing~
FInally getting around to looking at this one. I love wildflowers…, in the meadows, in the mountains, in the woods, in a pond, along a brook…, just anywhere and all of them. Funny, that wild artichoke blossom very strongly resembles one of its cousins – the Canadian Thistle. I was forever cutting thistles out of the pastures and cornfields as a boy on the farm. Had never seen a Prickly Poppy. They have a simple beauty about them. Hugs!
Your lead in reminded me instantly of of Theodore Geisel’s Green Eggs and Ham, “I do not like them”…”in the rain. Not in the dark. Not on a train. Not is a car. Not in a tree…..I do not like them anywhere!”
Did I tell you he lived near me when I was growing up and I jumped his fence with a friend to try and meet him?
Didn’t work of course. Never saw him.
You words are a “like” version of Geisels, which is no surprise because you are a poet cuz~
Oh, these ‘flowers’ are beautiful, exactly the way God intended them to be.
Yes! Spiritual messengers!
What amazing photos of beautiful flowers, I particularly liked the Elfin Mariposal Lily.
Thank you. It was the first time I saw it and I was quite taken by it too!
one of my cousin live in Sandi ego
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