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Tragopogon Dubious etc..

Tragopogon Dubious etc..
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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: 2009-06-30
Categories: Flowers
Camera: LeicaDLUX4
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-01 16:00
Viewed: 3042
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 40
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From the first two paragraphs we find that this dandelion appearing seed ball is considered a noxious weed in the US West. Dang Gummint! I hear it can be eaten and was once if not still in Europe. Here they kill it. Cows seem to Rule.

Western salsify is found in horticultural crops, roadsides, pastures, rangelands, and disturbed areas. Any cultivation, including mowing, will control this plant.

Western salsify is a biannual which sometimes acts like an annual. Its growth habit changes over its life span. Salsify grows its first year in a basal rosette. The leaves are long, linear and grass like, and can grow up to a foot in length. When growing as a biannual, it over-winters in the rosette stage. During the second season, salsify produces an erect stem, 18 - 24 inches tall. The root of western salsify is a thick fleshy tap root. All parts of western salsify produces a milky sap when broken.

I found it on the way to the road this afternoon with a blade of dried rare grass sticking right up near the middle and the orange flower is what my mother used to call "Oh Bob...It's some sort of sunflower". Mom knew every Latin word that was ever written but at times when a flora was not as special to her, she would categorize it in a general way. I would never have thought to question my mother or father...they learned in teh 1920's in high school, things which are only taught at higher college levels now...

Leica D-Lux4
ISO 100
Hand Held from My Electric Scooter

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. --Henry David Thoreau

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-01 16:12]

Hi Bob,

This is gorgeous!! My son makes fun of me for using that word but it describes this shot perfectly. The dandelion-like seed ball and the pretty orange flowers are a perfect combination. Colors, details and composition are beautiful. You do very well hand held from your electric scooter.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-01 16:19]
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Hi Bob
That is an outstanding image one of your best,excellent is perfect the POV the sharpness the detail the colors.The composition is wonderful itwill be part of my favorite.
TFS Michel

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-01 19:08]

Hola Sr. Bob.
Master piece in photo here. What a beautiful colors in all the image. Your note is also very interesting, Your Mom was to smart, becouse old people learn from life.
Saludos.... You still No.1 To Me Bob

Good Morning Bob,

This is utterly delightful!
The parachuted seeds, lit by the sun, appear like a cascading fountain over the petals of the flower.
This is both interesting and artistic.

Have a good day, my friend,
Bev :-)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-02 0:34]

Hello Bob,
A photo in great beauty. The colour combination together with this composition is marvelous. Excellent choice of POV. Beautiful light and sharpness.

Hi Bob,

This is just poetry, what can I say simply stunning. Apologies for missing several of your posts of late, torn tendon in the left shoulder pain killing injections well you know, getting old sucks mate, but its on the mend.

I keep coming back to look at this, mate you really nailed this. Everything about this is just superb, its the kind of image I could hang on the wall and admire it every single day, beautiful shot.

You might be old (in the nicest possible sense) but you a darn genius with the lens mate.

All the best, cheers Rick :)

Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of these beautiful plant species. Masterfully composed with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-02 3:05]

Hello Robert
Wonderful composition and amazing colors.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-02 3:35]

A shot that would make any botanist jump for joy!
A delightful photographic bouquet with the Goatsbeard, the ryegrass, the salsify flowers and greenery. Well seen and captured from your electric scooter Bob,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-02 4:57]

Hello Bob,
Très beau, Bob! A marvellous and artistical picture of this mix of flowers and herbs. Very pleasant composition and a well managed light. Bravo!
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Bob,
what a wonderful picture, i like this artistic composition very much; POV, sharpness and colours are excellent, shining with beauty.
Best regards

hello Bob

this is one of your best with your new Leica,
Nature Morte style beautiful photo, with fine POV,
beautiful luminosity and colour tones,
great sharpness and details, TFS


Ciao Bob, fantastic composition with wonderful flowers, splendid light and colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2009-07-03 10:37]

The flower in the left is so three-dimensional, that I want to touch it. Maybe it is glueing to my screen?

Hello Bob,
Amazing composition with Tragopogon Dubious with an excellent squarish framing. I agree with you for the kind of practical knowledge perception our parents had.........imagine their generation & the great teachers too :)

Bonjour Bob,
C'est évidemment avec l'oeil averti d'un grand photographe que l'on peut se rendre compte du merveilleux ordonnancement de la nature.
C'est bien vu et surtout magnifiquement restitué ; merci pour le partage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-07-05 7:10]

Hello Bob,
A very beautiful composition in lovely colours. I also like the sharp details of the Seed head and the pretty orange flowers.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Ron
This is truly amazing. The color,exposure and detail are perfect. But most of all I really like composition and POV.
Very well done!! I love it.

Hi Bob,

The different types of vegetation are assets to the composition. The point of view is showing the colors snd details of them. It is clear and precise. The light has a good effect on the colors of the picture. Have a nice day.


Hello Robert.

Thank you for that very colorful composition. The vertical composition is very attractive. Very good sharpness, depth of field, which gives us many details on the flowers and inflorescences. Colors and contrast are good and realist. This is a very warm picture.

Many thanks for it.


All the best.

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