Three years ago, I bought some poppy seedlings and I have had red and purple poppies in my garden every year ever since. Of course, after the first time, they sprout in surprise locations, but in the context of my serendipitous garden, that is perfectly fine.
The best part of having poppies in the garden is to see them bloom in real time (in this album, you can see some of such an occurrence). Harvesting the seeds is the second best part. In the photo above, you can see the pores beneath the stigma disk from which the seeds come out (the capsule is dehiscent by pores beneath the stigma). I let one of the capsules fall on a napkin and got the trail of seeds to photograph.
In case you are wondering, there were more seeds in the capsule than what you see in the photo. Also, I use the poppy seeds I harvest mostly in the making of challah (see bottom photo of this post).
This is my submission to week #6 edition of Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Photography Event, recently launched by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook.
The photo was shot in color and then converted to black and white (one of these days I will remember to try shooting in the black and white setting).
This post contains the gallery of photos submitted to the event.