If you've ever been looking at a white computer screen or staring at the sky, and you've noticed an odd semi-transparent "blotch" or object floating across your vision, then you may be experiencing an eye condition known as "floaters."
A brilliant annual, about 2 feet high, like the common field Poppy, but of a darker red, and with a jet black blotch at the base of each petal conspicuous both inside and out, making masses of this plant showy in early summer.
The flowers are large, the standards white, pencilled and spotted with purple or violet, while the falls are veined with dark purple or purple-black on a yellowish ground, with a conspicuous dark blotch in the centre.
It flowers in February and March, the flowers, which have an exceptional expanse, being of lavender-blue color, and characterised by a large triangular dark velvety-blue blotch on the falls.
The spikes usually bear four or five flowers, white or nearly so, with large yellow blotch on the fall, and some reach nearly 6 feet in height, strong clumps producing four or five.
The handprint was a bright red blotch on his pale face as he stared down at her.
Cultivated forms of this, with exquisite shades of colour and without any blotch at the base of the petals, are known as Shirley poppies.
The big dark blotch might really be the watchman's hut or it might be a cavern leading to the very depths of the earth.
Elwesii, a native of the Levant, with large flowers, the three inner segments of which have a much larger and more conspicuous green blotch than the commoner kinds.
Both, like the majority of herrings, are greenish on the back and silvery on the sides, but they are distinguished from the other European species Clupea by the presence of a large blackish blotch behind the gill-opening, which is succeeded by a series of several other similar spots along the middle of the side of the body.