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Seems I’ve got a case of ‘warm fuzzies’ with all the yellow flowers blooming in the neighborhood! Now, I could have gone for forsythia, daffodil or tulip but nope. What caught my camera’s eye today were the dandelions! Go figure. 😉

“Dandy” (Taraxacum officinale, aka Common Dandelion) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/3.8, 1/2000s, ISO 200

Snubbed by most as a lowly weed, but when you get belly-down to these sunny blossoms you start to see them in a whole different light.

“The Art of the Dandelion” (Taraxacum officinale, aka Common Dandelion) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8, F/6.3, 1/200s, ISO 200

Ever take a close look at the leaves? Before today I can’t really say that I had. And there they’ve been all along…the spikey, deep green background players, edged and veined in purple, with little white tips, waiting patiently for someone, anyone, to take notice.

Well, there ya go little dandelion. Sorry it took me soooo long. 🙂

“Fantasia” (Common Dandelion Calyxes) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro w/3-Ring Extension Tube Set, F/5.6, 1/20s, -1.0EV, ISO 800, Color Efex Pro ‘Bi-Color Filter’

I hope you are not tired of dandelion photos! 🙂 

This time we’re focussing our attention on the calyx ends (those hairy things that help to carry the seeds along the breeze to their final destination which typically, ends up being my lawn 😉 ). 

For some reason, this shot makes me think of that famous ‘March of the Brooms’ scene from Disney’s Fantasia. 

I don’t see any buckets of water so I think we’re safe from drowning! 🙂

“Once Upon a Wish” (Common Dandelion Cypsela & Calyx) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro w/3-ring Extension Tube Set, F/5.6, 1/125s, -1.0EV, ISO 640, Color Efex Pro ‘Bi-Color’ Filter

While viewing images to clear out a media card, I came across an interesting dandelion seed capture that I thought would make a really nice companion shot to Day Glow

At the time, I was going for a detailed shot of the seed itself so it was passed over for another, but on this second look, I was simply drawn to the overall light and airy feeling. I also like how the gentle curve of the stem suggests directional motion, confirming how easily these seeds are carried along on the slightest breeze. (And trust me, on this day there was quite the breeze! 🙂 ) 

Just goes to show you that some images require more than one look in order to see their potential! 🙂

“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! 😀

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