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Just Dandy

Just Dandy
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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: 2009-05-11
Categories: Flowers
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-05-12 11:41
Viewed: 3166
Points: 24
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The only thing I can say after 5 months of snow is..."It is Pretty!"....Normally I could care less...but this one was most perfect...

A Eurasian plant (Taraxacum officinale) of the composite family having many-rayed yellow flower heads and deeply notched basal leaves. Widely naturalized as a weed in North America, it is used in salads and to make wine.

Dandelion Wine
Dandelion wine does not require any special equipment to make. Just dandelions, some sugar and yeast, oranges and lemons, and pots to boil water in. This recipe uses cloves, which I think give it a nice touch. If you have dandelions around, give it a try!

* 1 package dried yeast
* 1/4 cup warm water
* 2 quarts dandelion blossoms
* 4 quarts water
* 1 cup orange juice
* 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
* 8 whole cloves
* 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
* 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped orange peel
* 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped lemon peel
* 6 cups sugar

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Set aside.

Wash the dandelion blossoms well. Put them in the water with the orange, lemon and lime juices. Add the cloves, ginger, orange and lemon peel, and sugar. Bring to a boil and continue to boil for an hour. Strain through filter paper (coffee filters work great). Cool. While still warm (but not hot), stir in the yeast.

Let stand overnight and pour into bottles. Allow uncorked bottles to set in a darkened place for three weeks. Then cork and store bottles in a cool place. Makes about 4 quarts.

Canon HG10
In Still Mode 16:9

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-12 12:39]

It's bright, it's striking, it's beautiful, it's a fine specimen, the photo is perfectly composed and it's a great capture of a weed that I have been spending hours removing from my lawn. The Dandelion is a persistant but attractive weed that bees and other insects love but we can't let them take over can we Bob!
Great shot of the flower.

hello Bob

excellent close-up photo with fine POV,
i love the wide framing, in the framing
i love that space you leaved at the right side,
sharpness and details are excellent, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-12 13:32]

Hi Bob,in my country is usual to eat the tender leaves of the tarassacum,we call that "the crazy salade",but what you wrote today is very new for me! Very intersting cocktail,and very nice pic too..but this was easy to take..ehhee...My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-05-12 13:53]

Hello Bob,
Very good detail and color!! Your correct about them being pretty, we take a lot of things for granted in life when it comes to so called common things, and this is one of them.
If it wasn't for dandelions I wouldn't have any yard, mine is covered with these bright little yellow flowers. TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-12 16:51]

Hi Bob,

I think you reached a point this winter where you thought you would never see flowers up there again. Just a dandelion but a beautiful picture of this perfect specimen. The vivid yellow against the green is lovely. Clarity is superb. I love this composition.


Hello Bob,
Brilliant macro shot with perfect details, sharpness & luminosity. In India, it is 0650h & I am enjoying my cup of hot tea with this Taraxacum flower on the monitor screen.....this makes my day. Hope to share its wine at Cheney too (chuckle). TFS this photograph.

Dandelions don't get enough credit....they can be so pretty.

Bonjour Bob,
C'est minimaliste mais très expressif avec un remarquable effet 3 D.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Bob, have you read "Dandelion Wine" by Ray Bradbury? If not, it's a good read. Thanks for the glimpse of Spring. I thought it might be nice to focus on the flower and less on the grass, so I did a workshop—hope you like it.


Hi Bob,

The point of view is allowing us to see the details and colors of the dandelion. The picture is clear and sharp. The grass is framing well the flower. THe light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Ciao Bob, il like a lot your yellow dendelion, wonderfulflower with fantastic bright color, superb details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Brilliant color! It's like sunshine. I've never been one to chase weeds away. I figure if its green, it can stay.

Hi Bob,

Dandy and stunning indeed. The off-centred positioning is just perfect contrasting well with the green bg. Such fine details of the petals which is not easy on yellow. TFS.

Have a wonderful weekend ahead and best regards.

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