Dandelion Seeds

In my very humble opinion, the poor dandelion really has an unfair reputation.  Somewhere along the line it was declared a weed which I think is really unfair.  When it is in full bloom you will not find a more magnificent yellow color in nature, of course it doesn’t hurt that yellow is my favorite color, and when it goes to seed, it really is a marvel to behold.  It almost looks like an engineered dome.  But sadly, it has been declared a weed which means that countless people go out of their way to kill each and every one that they see.

When I came across this specimen in my back yard yesterday I had to grab a camera and a macro lens.  I also thought it would be a great subject to hone my focus stacking skills on, and after 11 shots at different focal points, this image is the final result.  I don’t normally do square crops, but in this case it seems to work for me.

Oh yeah, if you think I am the only one who loves the dandelion, I thought I would share this image from the recent Procession of the Species during the 2013 Olympia Spring Arts Walk.

Speaking of the Procession of the Species, I have quite a few images in my events gallery and will be sharing more of them here on the blog very soon.

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3 Comments

  1. Jim Denham May 9, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Great job on the focus stacking – really nice macro shot!

  2. Jon Stolarski May 9, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Great shot, I really need to try this focus stacking technique.

  3. Mike Criswell May 12, 2013 at 6:14 am #

    Sweet, my wife would agree with you as these not being weeds, she hates that I cringe when one pops up in the front yard , I love to shoot these, this is really nice, I need to try this focus stacking stuff as well!
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