B&W Sunday: The Big O Party

This Sunday I was thinking about making some opium poppy tea. πŸ˜‰

Fancy a cup, anyone?



When I look at a delicate crimson poppy flower I tend to forget that its capsule contains seeds used to produce the most potent analgesic and the most addictive narcotic in the world.

poppiesHere are a few facts about the opium poppy:

  • It was first grown in the western Mediterranean (southern France and Italy) some 4000 years BC,Β 
  • It is cultivated in some parts of Europe, Latin America, Tasmania, in several countries of Southeast Asia and Latin America, but the only country authorised to produced gum opium is India.
  • The opium poppy was the cause of the 19th century opium wars between England (later France too) and China which resulted in ceding Hong Kong to the British.
  • The principal alkaloid and powerful active ingredient in opium is morphine which has proved to be the the most efficient pain killer ever known.
  • The most potent drug, heroin (from German “heroisch,” which means “heroic, strong”) is produced from morphine.
  • In the language of symbolism the poppy represents Morpheus, the Greek God of dreams.

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49 Comments on “B&W Sunday: The Big O Party

  1. Ces capsules sont superbes en noir et blanc !!!
    C’est difficile de dire quelle est ma fleur prΓ©fΓ©rΓ©e, car chaque fois que j’en vois une autre, je pense : “c’est celle-lΓ  ma prΓ©fΓ©rΓ©e !” πŸ˜‰


  2. Well, if you’re going to drink opium poppy tea, it might be a good idea not to do any more posting for a day or two. πŸ™‚

    My last 3 posts are B&W. You are welcome to choose whichever you like for your Sunday link.


    • Awwwwwwww, I will lay off poppies till Monday then :D. I am back tomorrow morning ( it is past 1 am here) to choose my favourite .. you know I love them all, right?


    • The dry seeds that can be purchased at a supermarket has no alkaoids so it should be safe. I will pour over some oat milk and some honey to sleep better. In our folk medicine dry seeds were mixed with honey and put into a cloth and given to babies to suck to keep them calm during the night πŸ˜€


  3. Please don’t drink opium tea, I heard someone died recently here, from doing just that!
    Loved your photo!!


  4. Opium poppy tea? I must try and get some of that. πŸ˜‰
    Stunning shot and it’s great seeing it in Black and White Paula. You made it look so striking! πŸ˜€


  5. Interesting
    I always love to notice strange flowers plants everywhere
    Even dangerous plants like jimson weed
    I talk to them
    See their texture


  6. Wonderful post, Paula! The facts are very informative and interesting! The spread of using opium in China during the 19th C almost kill the country….


  7. I like to party but not so keen to hallucinate πŸ™‚ Lovely music again, Paula.
    I just noticed your widget for this challenge. I like it!

    Forgot to mention earlier that there’s a bouquet on my 6WS that was intended for you (among others πŸ™‚ )


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  9. Love your image, Paula. Poppies used to grow wild in the cornfields where my sister and I used to play as children. We used to collect the dried seed capsules to play shop with. πŸ™‚


  10. Probably like most, I’ve shot poopies in full vivid colour (for Remembrance Day). I’ve never deliberately shot them in B/W. This shot is unique for me, especially being a grouping of closed pods. Excellently done, Paula.


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    • Oh, thank you. I will go now to see what you have. I hope you won’t forget about Thursday’s Special tomorrow either πŸ˜€


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