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“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! 😀

When I was a kid, we called the seeds from maple trees ‘whirligigs’ since they would twirl and spin as they fell to the ground. On a blustery day, it could actuallyappear as though it were snowing as millions of these seeds were sent aloft from the canopy of the maples. We would gather the fallen seeds in our hands and toss them up into the air, gleefully watching them twirl to the ground once again.  

“Rabbit Ears” (Maple Tree Seeds) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/8, 1/60s, -0.7EV, ISO 400, Built-in Rear Curtain Flash, -2.0EV, ‘Old West’ Antique Toning Action

Finding a pair of seeds still attached was quite the lucky score today and photographing them back-lit by the sun highlighted all the delicate lacy details. (I actually shot the seeds in black & white but felt a warmer tone worked better in the finished image).  

Enjoy! 🙂

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