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“Make a Wish” (Smooth Hawksbeard Seed Puff) Nikon D300, 105mm macro, F/6.3, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

Walking around the garden today I must have had “Horton Hears a Who” on my mind! (Well, I did just watch the movie on tv).

The late afternoon light was striking the “puff balls” of Smooth Hawksbeard (wildflower/weed) giving them a beautifully luminous glow. I really didn’t know how these were going to turn out, but figured, what the heck! 🙂

Just as I was setting up the shot, a gentle breeze began to blow, causing the release of some of the hairy seeds. Cool! It reminded me of when I was a child when we would pluck similar weeds (the dandelion), make a wish, then blow the seeds into the air. Sigh, those were simpler times indeed.

After cleaning up the puff a bit, I then came in for a reallytight shot. 

“Grand Finale” (Smooth Hawksbeard Seed Puff) Nikon D300, 105mm macro, F/9, 1/125s, -0.7EBV, ISO 640

How can something that is considered a weed be so amazing??

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