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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/4.7, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-27 3:29
Viewed: 2903
Points: 36
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End with snakes [for now ;-)], today young Dandelion and nice bee in black outfit. I don't know with specie it is, maybe some TNers could help?

The Dandelion (genus Taraxacum of the family Asteraceae) is a tap-rooted annual or biennial plant, found in most temperate zones.

Distribution and Etymology:
Dandelions were originally widely distributed throughout Eurasia, but were introduced to North America and Australia because of their many uses. They have thrived in these new locations. The name dandelion is a corruption of the Old French, dent-de-lion, literally "lion's tooth" on account of the sharply lobed leaves of the plant.

Dandelion clockThe leaves are simple and basal, entire or lobed, forming a rosette above a central taproot. A bright yellow flower head is borne singly on a hollow "stem" (scape) rising above the leaves and exudes a milky sap (latex) when broken. A rosette may produce more than one scape at a time. The flower head consists entirely of ray florets and 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 plant has a taproot. The flower head is surrounded by bracts (sometimes mistakenly called sepals) in two series. The outer bracts are erect until the flowers wither, then it hangs down, like the outer bracts always do.

The dandelion's taproot, quite apparent in this drawing, renders this plant very difficult to uproot – the plant itself gives way, but the root stays in the ground and may sprout again.Some dandelions are apomictic and polyploidy is common. Some varieties drop the "parachute" (called a pappus, modified sepals) from the achenes. Ergo, there are "species" (apomictic and polyploid races) that grow only in a single meadow. This is one reason for there being a large number of described dandelion species, especially in Europe where botanists tend to be "splitters". As an example, some botanists list a few hundred species of dandelion from Finland alone. Others are inclined to "lump" these all into Taraxacum officinale.

Between the pappus and the achene, there is an stalk called beak, which elongates as the fruit matures. The beak breaks off from the achene quite easily.

Info from Wikipedia.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-27 3:33]
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Yes,it's time to spring close-ups.
Very nice shot!Lighting,details and DOF are excellent.
Perfect composition.TFS....:-)

Very good close up of the dandelion Greg, and especially with the bee who seems to be boring into the petals for more and more pollen. Details and colours all great. Well done.

Na plus-technika zdjecia, na minus-temat. Ilez mozna za robakami biegac? Rozumiem, ze to wymaga cierpliwosci (i zapewne ci jej nie brakuje), ale moze odmiana zrobi dobrze? Moze cos wiekszego? Np. konie...

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-27 4:01]

I dont know the ID of the bee but it is very well captured.
The colours, details and composition are excellent.
The lighting is very nice and the yellow flower very well exposed.
Good work,very well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-27 4:02]

Personal assessment of the photo: more thangreat.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: almost complete. Sorry, I cant help for the ID. Maybe a bee! ;-)
Thank you Greg. When I was young, one Spring, I gave some Dandelion to my mother and she was very happy!

Superb macro Greg!
Good lighting and vivid yellow colors.Very clear shot and excellent composition.Thanks for sharing!

Awesome sharpness Greg. The yellow of the flower is very rich. The bee is a fantastic contrast. Love this shot. Thanks

It's great photo. I love this bee after this long, hard winter. Looks very hungry ;-)))

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-27 6:13]

Impressive picture Greg! The details are razorsharp and the colors are superb. I really admire the crispness of the picture, or clarity (not sure how to call it). Well done & TFS!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-04-27 6:56]

£adna fotografia - ostro, dobre kolory i ciekway opis. Podoba mi siê.

Great shot Greg! Excellent details and composed well with the black Bumble Bee standing very well against the yellows of this flower..As I say I believe it's a specie of bumble bee by its wide-bodied abdomen and hairy thorax with bands.. Great work!

Great photo Greg, i am still waiting for the dirty birds from poland !! :D

details are great on this little bee, pollen and hair :)

Well done

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-04-27 12:50]

it is a nice photo Grzegorz,
but I know for sure that you can do this better and then I mean the composition in the photo, the details are good, pov is nice but I think it is much nicer to see him from the front, but even I like the shot, good job,
gr. Jaap

This is a great shot Greg,
Excellent composition, details, colours, lighting and sharpness.
Nice capture of this busy bee, Thanks for posting

Nice shot Grzegorz, good macro, I like the details, sharpness and DOF. Good work! Thanks for sharing

Great shot Greg!
As always perfect details and great sunny atmosphere.
There is plenty of Dandelions in my garden too, but it's good cause these flowers are lately favourite food of my rabbits.

Well done!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-27 17:16]

Hello Greg, very nice shot and note about the dandelion. The bee is very nice, the best I can do regarding the ID is Bombus argillaceus...but I'm not 100% - you may have to do some checking. Very nice.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-28 3:57]

Belle et intéressante macro-photographie. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté. Décidement c'est bien la période des Dandelions...
Well Done !

Lovely sunny shot. I hope all the winter chills and frustrations have dissapeared by now. :) Nice close up, very well done.

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