Flowers for free

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.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1/320 sec – ISO 800

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Weed fruit

I went out looking for something interesting and came up with this.  These berries are from a weed that keeps coming up in my backyard.  I’m not sure what it is but it has thorns on it and is a pain to get rid of.  I hope that by removing the fruits, at least it won’t spread too much.

As undesirable as the plant is, these little yellow berries are interesting to look at and made for a macro subject that I could play with.  I tried out a texture layer from Perfect Effects called “Grunge Vignette Light”.  It might be a bit dark but I like the effect.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  5 sec – ISO 200