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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-12
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-13 9:02
Viewed: 2814
Points: 44
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How many times have we seen these? Not enough numbers to count that high perhaps? so I figured it was my turn to picture the dandelion in it's seeding stage....Since they all look "roughly alike" I chose a backdrop of Johnny-jump-up's and left a single blade of grass in for good measure. Now the dandelion is what you want it to be. It can be a memory from childhood or an annoyance from your many times weeding the lawn or garden. Perhaps it is something you picked for a spring tonic...or even prior to this stage for dandelion wine or even dandelion cakes of which I have heard many an old story.

Oh never, Oh never, Oh never again
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up
After drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up
-Traditional Celtic Lyrics

So after doing in a few pints, you then head for the dandelion. And in that respect, "Winter Sun" tells us: "Dandelion root cleanses the blood, and is a powerful but gentle spring tonic to the kidneys and liver after the stagnation of winter.

Fresh or dried preparations are used as a mild laxative, to treat gallstones, jaundice, and other liver problems. Dandelion is also used for chronic joint complaints, rheumatoid arthritis, and skin conditions such as eczema and acne. Prepared as a tea or a tincture this little plant has been an enormous medicine throughout history. Next time you walk past and nibble on this inconspicuous, sunny “weed”, remember that powerful magic sometimes comes in small, humble packages."

ISO 800
300mm Macro Mode

jaycee, mayuresh, uleko, nglen, Jamesp, Hil, jusninasirun, tuslaw, goldyrs, haraprasan, Silvio2006, NinaM, Argus, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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Hello Bob,
Very nice picture, you got it before the wind! Very nice
notes and wonderful composition.. Well done


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-13 9:32]

Hi Bob,

If a picture could make me sneeze.......... And to think as children we would pick them and blow on them to spread all the seeds! A really excellent close-up with wonderful details. Love the colors and the composition with the blade of grass.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-13 9:40]

Hi Bob
Beautiful presentation.Excellent POV and very sharp image.I love that nice OOF BG.Good Text to
TFS Michel

Hello Bob,
very nice image with excellent note,superb pov and sharpness,lovely BG.
well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-13 10:04]

Hello Bob,
Beautiful capture! The violets make such a perfect background to this seed head that looks lovely together with the tall grass. Well done and I like your lyrics too!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Bob
I have seen a few..And expect to extract a few more from the lawn after a breezy day filled the garden with a downy look!!
That said I havent seen one so well framed as this...All is good with me with the long blade of grass seemingly propping up the gardeners nightmare!...This is superbly sharp and set against a wonderfull bg.
Top work Bob as ever
A god weekend to you

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-13 11:26]

Hi Bob. You have a fine close up of the Dandelion . you have captured a nice compostion with the blade of grass. good detail and colours of the flowers behind. well done TFS.
Nick..Have a good weekend.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-13 13:00]

Hi Bob

A lovely composition - I love the contrast between the dandelion head and the OFF BG with pansies/violas. Lovely.


Hello Bob,

I like this very much!
The seeds of the dandelion have a wonderful gossamer texture.
The broad leaf, next to the seedhead, gives the impression the it is standing to attention with a shouldered sword!
Nice dof.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-06-13 15:00]

Hi Bob

Great shot of the Dandelion Clock, nicely composed with the lovely OOF BG.
Nice details and beautiful colours.


Hello Bob. Brilliant capture in sharp detail. The blade of grass adds perspective against the muted background. I like the note too. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. Jusni

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-13 19:45]

Nice image Bob,
Every picture is different, even if the subjects are the same at times. This shot is no exception and you composed it very well.
I love the colorful BG. It give a whole new perspective to your shot. Good clarity to the seed pod and your blade of grass kind of acts as a frame.

Awesome shot, Bob, and a lovely note...

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-13 21:03]

Hello Bob

It is a lovely shot with a beautiful backdrop.
These represent discovery for my children,I see them pick them and watch the seeds as they float upon the breeze.
They represent a nuisance to me...I am uprooting them endlessly it seems...
but they also represent good memories of my childhood.I would pick bouquets of them and present them to my mother ,who would accept them graciously.
Thanks for the memories.

Namastay Bob,
An excellent capture of this dried dandelion flower along with the grass blade. A superb composition and great details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-14 4:35]

Hi Bob,
Wonderful shot of this solitary dandelion - so simple but so powerful. Very neat and sharp image with nice colours and perfect lighting. The OOF splashes of green, violet and yellow make this image stand out and the lonely grass blade provides right balance. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-14 5:55]

Hello Bob,
Amazing beautiful photo. The colours are so delicate. Sharpness, details and composition are excellent. But most af all I like the BG, superb! It gives the photo something special.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-14 10:16]

Beautiful capture, Bob!
The colours here is amazing!
Lovely BG and an excellent DOF.
Pin-sharp with great clarity.
Superb composition too.

Well done!!


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-14 17:30]

This is one of the funniest post I have read so far! Accompanied in a superb manner by this simple yet beautiful picture. Bob, you're quite funny! And the picture is superb, always those beautiful colours that your artistic sense undig in every picture you seem to take. Thank you!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-14 21:43]

The dandelion is used by our Green party as its symbol, though it is as the flower.
There is something both symbolic and beautiful about the image: the grey and the colourful: the old and the new. A beautiful photograph, Bob and nice to see early on a Sunday morning.
Have a good day,

You may not be the most brilliant photographer on TN; however, as a WRITER you are UNIQUE, THE BEST OF THE BEST.
This is a GREAT image, by the way.
Friendly greetings from Calgary.

Hi again Bob, great focus on lovely dendelion, beautiful blurry BG with splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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