Monday, January 7, 2013

Poppy Challenge in January

Poppies are a favorite flower.


Ivon Hitchens (British artist, 1893-1979) Flowers

According to this source the poppy means that...
The red petals stand for the vast outpouring of blood; the yellow and black center, the mud and desolation of all battlefields. The green of the stem is symbolic of the forests, meadows and fields where generations of Americans have perished to make this land free. The stem represents the courage and determination of our fallen warriors. The assembled product, a flower, is a symbol of resurrection, which is sure to follow.
In the book The Language of Flowers, poppy means consolation.



Darling earrings  source

A favorite blog read is BJWS; this paragraph is taken from her post found here about poppies.
In the World War I battlefields of Belgium, poppies grew wild amid the ravaged landscape. How could such a delicate flower grow bright and  wild surrounded by death and destruction? The overturned soils of battlefield enabled the poppy seeds to be covered, allowing them to thrive and to serve as a reminder of the bloodshed during that and future wars. The use of poppies as a remembrance for those who served in war was inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields" written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae of the WWI Canadian forces in 1915.
poppies on silk by McCarroll

Elsbeth Müller-Kaempff (German artist, 1869–1940) 

Poppies have been painted, photographed and written about since time immemorial.  Show us a picture or write about poppies and link back to Inspiration Avenue. I will comment on every entry and will surely  enjoy each of your posts.  Here is a linky picture to use in your post if you would like to copy it.

Inspiration Avenue Challenge Link
Use Mr. Linky below and join in the challenge!  You are next!
 
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14 comments:

peggy gatto said...

poppies are a favorite, along with FLOWERS!!!!!!!
http://wwwpeggysamusement.blogspot.com/2013/01/inspiration-ave-poppies.html

Magpie said...

Poppies are so delicate and bright! Great challenge theme, Nancy!

MadBirdDesignsUK said...

Darn my thumbnail is not showing! Happy New Year Joan

peggy gatto said...

I'll try again to get my thumbnail up!!!
2nd try didn't work.

peggy gatto said...

tried 1 more time for thumbnail.

Linda said...

I found you thru Jessica Sporn's and Jan's posts and links-what timing too-I LOVE!!! poppies-my favorite flower! That painting at the bottom of your post is stunning!! Wish it were mine :)

Andrea said...

I love your challenges and so enjoyed this one. Who doesn't love the Poppy. Hope you had a wonderful Holiday season and are looking forward to a wonderful new year.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Linda said...

thank you for finding and commenting on my blog although the first link didn't work Nancy. I've added another so hopefully it will work this time :)

IMGIRL said...

Oh, I hate missing this challenge... Poppies are one of my very faves!

see you there! said...

I've added mine and am off to see the rest.

Darla

Ginx Craft said...

I have just found your challenge page. What a fun idea. I will try and join in.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Fun challenge!

Lou Anne said...

Thank you for an inspiring challenge Nancy!

Ron said...

What an outstanding post, Lou Anne. Those paintings of poppies are exquisite and the whole post is an inspiration. I must get out when warmer weather comes and try to capture some of their beauty. The reds are particularly hard to get right with a digital camera, but that's just part of the challenge.

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