Poppies and The Wizard of Oz

The poppy at left was photographed in Mount Shasta earlier in the summer because it reminded me of the ones in the  illustration of Ozma of Oz. This was the third book by L. Frank Baum in the Oz series and I was fascinated by the illustrations created by John R. Neill. I was particularly captivated by the poppies on either side of Ozma's golden circlet and probably spent more time fantasizing about wearing that rather than Dorothy's ruby slippers.