A searching definition for the precise shade of California poppies, as recalled in Steinbeck’s East of Eden.  Not orange, you understand, but golden cream.

And mixed with these were splashes of California poppies. These too are of a burning color – not orange, not gold, but if pure gold where liquid and could raise a cream, that golden cream might be like the color of the poppies.

Source: John Steinbeck, East of Eden (London: Penguin Classics, 2000), p. 8

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