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Copyright: Malgosia Bisinska (liziafa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 399 W: 0 N: 346] (1231)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-26
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Olympus E-10, RAW ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-06 12:35
Viewed: 4413
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dandelion (Taraxacum) is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. They are tap-rooted biennial or perennial herbaceous plants, native to temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere of the Old World. The genus is taxonomically very complex, with numerous apomictic microspecies, and polyploidy is also common; over 250 species have been recorded in the British Isles alone (Richards 1972). Some botanists take a much narrower viewpoint, and only accept a total of about 60 species.
The flowers are 5-25 cm long, simple and basal, entire or lobed, forming a rosette above the central taproot. As the leaves grow outward they push down the surrounding vegetation, such as grass in a lawn, killing the vegetation by cutting off the sunlight. A bright yellow flower head (which is open in the daytime but closes at night) is borne singly on a hollow stem (scape) which rises 4-30 cm above the leaves and exudes a milky sap (latex) when broken. A rosette may produce several flowering stems at a time. The flower head is 2-5 cm in diameter and consists entirely of ray florets. An interesting fact about dandelion flowers is that in the polyploid plants they are useless vestigial structures. They reproduce without fertilization, a process called apomixis[1], while the diploid plants develop the seeds after pollination. The flower matures into a globe of fine filaments that are usually distributed by wind, carrying away the seed-containing achenes. This globe (receptacle) is called the "dandelion clock", and blowing it apart is a popular pastime for children. The number of blows required to completely rid the clock of its seeds is deemed to be the time of day. The flower head is surrounded by bracts (sometimes mistakenly called sepals) in two series. The inner bracts are erect until the seeds mature, then flex down to allow the seeds to disperse; the outer bracts are always reflexed downward. Some species drop the "parachute" (called a pappus, modified sepals) from the achenes. Between the pappus and the achene, there is a stalk called beak, which elongates as the fruit matures. The beak breaks off from the achene quite easily.

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very wonderfull and good macro;-)

Excellent focus. love the note also
TFS :)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-06 14:01]

Hello Malgosia,
Very nice capture.Well seen and composed.POV,details and framing are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-06-06 14:34]

superb clear macro-shot, malgosia! :-)
excellent composition of the almost empty
dandelion-head and wonderful details on the
seeds with the "parachutes".
i hope you held your breath while taking the photo. *g*
well seen & captured, thor.

Hi Malgosia,
This is very nice, a different approach.
I like the composition and chosen POV, excellent. Very sharp details, great DOF, light and colors. A pleasure :)
Very well done!

I do like th approach to document an "half-bald" Dandelion instead of the full structure. The realization with this brilliant focus is perfect.
Thx for sharing

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-06 15:34]

Hello Malgosia,
beautiful close up. sharpness and details are excellent, beautiful cut an well presented.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-06 17:07]


Przepiekne makro.
Cudowne kolorki, ostrosc i kompozycja.

Pozdrowienia :-)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-06 19:36]

Hi Malgosia
Good shot and good composition. I send one dandelion to TL ( ose) today. Great sharpnes, details, light, DOF and POV.
Well done Malgosia


Great macro shot Malgosia.
Excellent composition, colors and details.
Good POV and BG.

Hi Malgosia,
I really like your composition and framing of this shot. You have captured all the intricate detail possible. Beautiful subtle colors with perfect DOF. Well done.

Hi Malgosia,
you have captured this old Dandelion well, the seeds are well seen with good details and DOF.
Well compsed and exposed.
Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-07 2:12]

Czesc Malgosia!
Chyba najpowszechniejszy, a najmniej doceniany kwiat. Tez lubie robic mu zdjecia. Fantastyczne 'szczegoly konstrukcyjne', idealna ekspozycja i POV. Odswiezajace spojrzenie. Bardzo mi sie podoba.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-06-07 15:28]

Cze¶ć Małgosia. Ładne zdjęcie, dobra kompozycja i nienaganna jako¶ć. Super.

Witaj Malgosia,
Bardzo ciekawe zdjecie! Swietne detale i POV. Kadr tez bardzo mi sie podoba.
Bardzo dobry pomysl i wykonanie!

la netteté est impeccable,bravo belle macro.

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2006-06-08 10:30]


This dandelion looks a bit wind battered! An excellent pic showing good detail, POV, sharpness, DOF and the Lighting is just perfect. TFS,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-09 0:57]

Hi Malgosia, very good macro of the dandelion. The head stands out so sharp and clear to see. Well done,

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-09 7:56]

Hi Malgosia, sorry I missed this one. Great macro, a very clever idea which gives an almost abstract feel to it. Excellent details with good lighting and well exposed warm colours. Very well composed, Brilliant, keep up the good work.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-11 6:07]

Hi Malgosia,
This super-macro shows very good details! Texture, lighting and compostion are just fine. A very good shot!
TFS, José M.

Bonjour Malgosia
Félicitation pour cette trčs jolie prise de vue . C'est vraiment une belle composition avec un super macro avec cette plante. Félicitations pour la netteté et les détails.

Merci pour l'envoie et Bravo....JP

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-01 17:09]

Hi Malgosia,
Wow, it looks like some kind of space station! Interesting shot, great detail and framing/composition. The shallow DOF gives it great depth by showing stems that differ in focus. Nice shot and good note.

Hi Malgosia,
A different but pleasant way of shooting this dandelion in seed..!
Well framed and with superb sharpness giving awesome details in your subject...
Very fine clarity in colours, and very well done!
Pablo -

I never saw tghe seeds up so close. Wow!

Hejka ponownie! ;>
Tym razem bardziej artystyczna fotka. Bardzo podoba mi sie pomysl na zdjecie - prosta kompozycja, ale za to jakie wykonanie! Super! No i niestety tez troche przypomina o uplywajacym lecie... a za nim juz znowu jesien i ponure klimaty... ;)

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