24 Jul 13. One of our, or at least my, favorite lavender farms has several patches of poppies that I really like to shoot. Each year this farm has offered different opportunities for shooting these brilliant red flowers sitting atop large green stalks, but this year was an exception. Instead of red flowers waving in the occasional breeze, there was group after group of seed-heads siting atop brown to green stalks bouncing about in the steady wind, sometime gusting to above 25 knots. Since all the flowers were gone, and just the seedpods remained, I decided to inquire as to the possibility of purchasing some seeds for our garden. I was politely informed that since these were the real opium poppies, and as they had been planted there by the birds, and not the farming family, the govt was kindly letting them keep them to brighten up the farm but that they were not allowed to sell or propagate them in any way. In fact, were it not for the fact that the birds had planted them, the govt wouldn't have allowed them to keep them. So sorry, they couldn't sell me any. So I said thanks, "guess I'll just have to make like a bird." That said, I found my way back to where the poppies were standing and, making like a bird, plucked a few seed pods. When we got home I emptied them out getting perhaps 1000+ seeds for our garden. Now it simply remains to see how well they grow. Then next year we can all have a great time rolling our own. I've cropped the original significantly, selectively masked and blurred the background, and enhanced the texture on selected stalks and seedpods to achieve this look. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/1000 sec @ f / 8.