Like a company of flamenco dancers, these brilliant California Poppies sway proudly in a pool of afternoon light. Dressed in a deep orange that is stunning against the arid landscape, they tantalize pollinators with their copas de oro, or cups of gold. These delicate flowers are remarkably well-adapted to the sandy soils and annual droughts of California. They are both an attractive provider of habitat for other organisms and an archetype of fecundity amidst adverse conditions.
Look carefully and you will see a beetle heading for the shade of this haven. Listen closely and you may even hear the ephemeral creek running nearby, engendering a sense of serenity to the passersby. This Poppy Oasis is one of natures small, yet vital refuges for the weary.
September 9th, 2009
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