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“Destined” (Common Dandelion Cypsela & Calyx) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro w/3-ring Extension Tube Set, F/4, 1/80s, -1.7EV, ISO 640

Now, you can’t have a dandelion seed head series and not include a single seed, right?

I thought so! πŸ˜€



  1. You’re KILLING ME! Wow. I was intentionally waiting to post my photo of a Salsify seed ball until tomorrow as memory of your great dandelions would have faded a bit. πŸ™‚ This one is right up there with the rest. I love it. It is so delicately resting in the moss(?).

    Don’t worry, I’ll still post my image Friday. πŸ˜‰

    • Ha! You are very kind, Sean! Thanks much! No need to compete as I’m sure your seed will be amazing! Looking forward to seeing it! πŸ™‚

      Yes, moss it is. Was the only thing I could find that would hold up the seed. Wind kept tossing the seed around a bit, but I got what I came for. Toughest part was keeping focus!

      • Lol, no competitiveness, just and inferiority complex on my part. πŸ˜‰

      • Well, then, that simply confirms you ARE a photographer! Welcome to the ‘inferiority complex’ club!! No waiting! πŸ™‚

  2. Lovely. Delicate and so artful. Your photos really are amazing.

  3. Am I first, or are you slow to approve the comments? πŸ˜‰

    HOW in the world do you get THAT kind of DOF at F4 WITH the ext. tube set??!! Is the secret in the lens? I’ll have to see what happens with my 18-200mm when I add the ext. tubes. Don’t think I’ve ever tried it.
    Beautiful, btw.

    • Sigh, no, I am just slow. πŸ˜‰

      Sorry, you will have to direct technical questions to someone who has any idea of how these things work! πŸ˜‰ Seriously, the extension tubes are really a mystery to me. I think in this case it has to do with the shear tiny, tiny size of the subject matter…a single seed in moss. Much of the image was in the same plane of focus and I tried to keep the lens in the same angle as the seed so as to get it all. Oh, and I also got down really low so that the background behind the calyx would appear to be far, far away.

      Thank you, Michaela! πŸ™‚

  4. I don’t know why, but I instantly thought of Tinkerbell.

    • Ha! Perhaps because it is just so small you can picture Tink leaning casually against the stem? πŸ˜‰

  5. Wow, I can’t imagine being able to get that kind of macro focus, especially outside! Incredible. The tiniest breeze looks like a monsoon wind to me when I try to do macro outside.

    • Thanks, Karma!

      Yeah, breezes were quite challenging! You should see the outtakes! (I have plenty of those!!! – lol!) πŸ™‚ Good thing, it just takes ONE! πŸ˜€

  6. Bravo!
    Reminds me I still have a lot to learn…

    • Thanks, Carsten!

      We ALL do! I learn something new every single day. Macro photography (I think) is not easy! You have to have patience, LOTS of patience! πŸ™‚

  7. This one is my favorite. I don’t think I’ve ever looked at a dandelion after the seeds have all blown away. Very cool structural item.

    • Thanks, Lynn! Before now, I never really gave them much more than a passing glance. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to really explore their beauty. Just remarkable!

  8. yes, a very cool addition to the dandelion series. incredibly meticulous. i really get a feeling of fantasy with this – kind of an alice in wonderland world.

    • Thanks, Stephen! I agree! It’s like peering into a whole ‘nother world….

  9. Okay…just stop it already with all these incredible photos! You are NOT good for my self-esteem quotient!
    This is SUCH a cool shot. I’m so green, in more ways than one! πŸ˜‰
    Keep them coming…I’m sure I’ll cope. lol

    • Sorry! I can’t help myself! πŸ™‚

      Thank you, KD! You are very kind! I will do my best but I do feel my creative juices may be running dry. Good thing only about a week left, then a needed break, I hope! πŸ™‚

  10. You did it – again: Such a fine, fragile picture. And nice deep background.

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