Would you complain if someone brought you flowers for free? Well, if they are considered to be weeds, then yes we do! Another of Spring’s little gifts is that along with all the plants we love, there are all those other uninvited guests that appear in our gardens and lawns. The puffy seed ball of the dandelion is one of those that we see over and over.
It really is quite amazing to study the structure of these plants (even if we are muttering unkind things each time we see them) and the clever seed delivery system that is built in. You can see in this shot, the brown seeds clustered around the stem, each with it’s own little star-shaped parachute attached. They are just waiting for a good gust of wind to blow them around and start new plants in someone else’s lawn. I guess that’s why they never seem to go away.
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1/320 sec – ISO 800