In my recent post about Mission Santa Barbara I included a photo of California poppies (Eschscholzia californica). Ever since then poppies have been on my mind. Yesterday afternoon I visited a friend, and near her house I came across the densest mass of poppies I’ve seen all year. The intense orange from thousands of flowers causes people to stop dead in their tracks. I’m surprised there hasn’t been an accident yet as drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike are distracted by the spectacle in front of them!