First Poppy of the Year

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February 20, 2020 — Los Gatos Creek Trail, California

A floral palindrome. Mother Nature is very accommodating in giving me a place to start.

(Nikon D850, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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  2. The best posts are those that make us think. I really had to pause on your palindrome but of course, makes perfect sense! And of course it’s gorgeous as always

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  3. An offering of hope found when one’s eyes search for and rest upon that which Mother Nature silently gifts within the arrival of spring.

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  4. Beautifully done. I had a Facebook friend who used to take some of my flower images and make mandalas from them. I am not sure what they might be called in this case. Borrowing from Steve, maybe an emordnilapalindrome.

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