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Malaysian Dandelion

Malaysian Dandelion
Photo Information
Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-26
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-29 6:03
Viewed: 5815
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taraxacum officinale.
This dandelion is not so attractive in colours as that in Europe. It is plain white even before it full bloom.
This shot is captured along the road to Gunung Jerai @ Kedah Peak. It is sparsely thrive along the path.
From Wikipedia:
Taraxacum officinale, commonly called Dandelion, is a herbaceous perennial plant of the family Asteraceae (Compositae). It can be found growing in temperate regions of the world were it is found in lawns, roadsides, and on disturbed banks and shores of water ways and other areas with moist soils. T. officinale is considered a weedy species, especially in lawns and along roadsides, it is sometimes used as a medical herb and in food preparation. As a nearly cosmopolitan weed, Dandelion is best know for its yellow flower heads that turn into round balls of silver tufted fruits that blow away on the wind.

Taraxacum officinale is a common colonizer after fires, both from wind blown seeds and seed germination from the seed bank. The seeds remain viable in the seed bank for many years, with one study showing germination after nine years. This species is a somewhat prolific seed producer, with 54 to 172 seeds produced per head, and a single plant can produce more than 5,000 seeds a year. It is estimated that more than 97 000 000 seeds/hectare could be produced yearly by a dense stand of dandelions. When released, the seeds can be spread by the wind up to several hundred meters from their source, the seeds are also a common contaminate in crop and forage seeds. The plants are adaptable to most soils and the seeds are not dependent on cold temperatures before they will germinate but they need to be within the top 2.5 centimeters of soil.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-10-29 6:07]

Hello Foozi, my neighbor. Sometimes I wonder on the nature with its pattern. Nice focus on the center. But slight noise in the shot with the BG. Thanks for sharing. Ganesh

Assalamualaikum. I saw you spent a lot of time on this little beauty and it is well worth the effort. I am enjoying the sharpness of the bristles looking more like man made plastic. Really top class beauty captured by well crafted composition. The framing is excellent and the shallow depth is well kept at f/13. Superb metering and TFS. wasallam. Jusni

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1129 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-10-29 7:21]

Hi Foozi
Excellent closed up.Good POV and razor sharp image with excellent detail and lovely BG color.
TFS Michel

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-29 7:28]

hi foozi,
very good to see this cluster of dandelion seeds, no idea what they call this, wish to see the flower someday, from you. tfs.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-10-29 13:06]

Hi Foozi!

I'm glad to learn that the dandelion also exists in your country. This common flower always has fascinated me. I live beside a meadow that turns into pure gold every sping. And although I'm old now, I still like playing with the seeds by blowing them into the air as a child. Thank you for this marvellous, crystal clear and well balanced picture!

Kind regards


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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-10-30 9:53]

Hi Foozi,

This is an excellent close up of this Dandelion. Lovely details, very crisp and sharp. looking at this picture i am suddenly reminiscing the days when i was a kid and was so fascinated by these Dandelion. Excellent focusing and POV. TFS.


Hello Foozi,

I can see they are a bit different from ours even here in seed!
Photojob is well done, with crisp fine details and the help from flash makes the subject really stand out...
A well composed presentation, DoF is effective in blurring the back!

Pablo -

Ciao Foozi,
bellissima macro, eccellenti POV e composizione simmetrica, molto buona la definizione, splendenti i colori e ottimo contrasto con BG.

Bonjour Foozi,
Très belle maitrise et exploitation de la lumière pour cette splendide macro au graphisme saisissant.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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