This has got to be one of the most photographed of all plants, the seed head of the dandelion and with good reason, get close and you really begin to see what an amazing plant it is.  No wonder it is so successful, in my garden at least.. ;-)

Dandelion24mm f/2.8 1/320 sec. ISO-100

Weed bed24mm f/2.8 1/200 sec. ISO-100

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59 responses

  1. weedimageoftheday

    Your dandelions have been very nicely captured! I love how the little seed heads are like ballerinas pirouetting on the plant’s dome. They are one of my favorite subjects, naturally!

    May 2, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    • Thank you very much!

      May 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

  2. Beautiful setting and background with these Adrian!

    May 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    • Thank you very much Phil. A bit of a departure and a super wide 14-24mm lens not the usual lens of choice for a macro but it’s what I had to hand and I’m quite pleased with the result. The sun wasn’t playing ball today so a flashlight from the shed provided a little extra illumination.

      May 2, 2014 at 5:31 pm

  3. Such an unlikely study for you, Adrian…but so wonderfully and masterfully handled! Beautiful images…so crisp in their detail.

    May 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    • Thank you Scott. I was a little bored, didn’t have enough time to head to the coast but wanted to take some pictures. The garden was the perfect choice. :-)

      May 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm

  4. I guess we’ll have those prolific spreaders soon enough. I found a pesto recipe for the leafy parts I think I’ll try out!
    They really are lovely up close – beautiful images, Adrian.

    May 2, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    • Hmm.. dandelion pesto, that sounds interesting. Thank you Karen. :-)

      May 2, 2014 at 5:49 pm

  5. What a beautiful weed. MM 🍀

    May 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    • It is indeed a beautiful weed Mick. Thank you.

      May 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

  6. Beautiful Adrian. Perfect sharpness and color tones.

    May 2, 2014 at 6:09 pm

  7. Wonderful close-ups, Adrian. I used to love blowing those seeds to kingdom come. :D

    May 2, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    • ‘What’s the time Mr Woolf’.. We had a lot of fun with these in childhood too. Much to my father’s chagrin I suspect.. :-)

      May 3, 2014 at 7:44 am

  8. Wonderful detail in these shots Adrian. Unfortunately there are far to many of these in my lawn at present :-)

    May 2, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    • Thank you David. It’s that time of year. I’ve given up trying to deal with them. I’ll photograph them instead! :-)

      May 2, 2014 at 9:57 pm

  9. Very nice captured!

    May 2, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    • Thank you very much Lou! :-)

      May 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm

  10. Great departure and an extra treat for us!

    May 2, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    • Thank you Gunta, it made a nice change for me. :-)

      May 2, 2014 at 9:51 pm

  11. poppytump

    So glad you have given up dealing with these particular dandelions ChillB
    Your photographs are such a lovely capture … beautiful little sparklers with sharp arrowheads piercing a pincushion …
    I’ll freely admit to being rather fond of them ;-)

    May 2, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    • With the field next door, it would be an impossible battle Poppy. I love the little pin cushion too. Nature is amazing in its design. Thank you! :-)

      May 3, 2014 at 7:45 am

  12. I love dandelion photos but I must say I’ve never taken one myself. Must do it one day. Beautiful images :)

    May 2, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    • Thank you Norma! Much appreciated! :-)

      May 3, 2014 at 7:46 am

  13. I have always loved dandelions, both the flowers and the clocks – they are so wonderfully intricate. Beautifully captured Adrian.

    May 2, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    • Thank you so much Anna!

      May 3, 2014 at 7:46 am

  14. An exquisite dandelion capture! A successful plant here too:)

    May 3, 2014 at 12:01 am

    • Thank you Elena!

      May 3, 2014 at 7:47 am

  15. And with a breath…”poof”…it is gone.
    Nice photos, takes me back to my childhood :-)

    May 3, 2014 at 1:27 am

    • Thanks Randall. It was always fun, telling the time with a dandelion clock. :-)

      May 3, 2014 at 7:47 am

  16. Classic, they are mesmerizing to me because they seem like miniature planets (and they do a good salad too, lol)

    May 3, 2014 at 1:30 am

    • Thank you Francis. I have thought exactly the same thing. Little planets, definitely alien looking.. I’ve heard they make a good pesto too! :-)

      May 3, 2014 at 7:48 am

  17. Lovely images Adrian…….I don’t think I’ve taken a shot of a Dandelion, something a May have to correct 😊

    May 3, 2014 at 7:17 am

    • Thank you Mark. Really appreciate it. I used a flashlight with these, just to add a bit more light and interest. It allowed me to isolate the plants from the weeds and grass around them too. :-)

      May 3, 2014 at 7:51 am

  18. Dandelions are just one of those compelling subjects. I like the shot of it isolated the best.

    May 3, 2014 at 7:37 am

  19. I love dandelion seedheads, in photographs and artwork. They always come out so well and you can be very creative with them. I do wish they weren’t so prolific in my garden though ;-)

    May 3, 2014 at 8:37 am

    • Thank you Sonja. I’d have thought they were hellish to draw.. :-)

      May 3, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      • I haven’t tried, and I don’t think I fancy trying to be honest. But painting, well, I can think of a multitude of ways to paint them…. ;-)

        May 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      • I would love to see them if you do Sonja. Your work is exquisite!

        May 4, 2014 at 8:06 am

      • Thank you, Adrian, – I feared you’d say that, lol. Seriously though, you got me thinking when I had read your comment yesterday. Have been off the radar a bit with family illness and bereavement, so perhaps that might be a project to get me back on track…I have photographed them plenty, could be a good time to explore them with a different medium :-)

        May 4, 2014 at 10:15 am

      • You have been missed Sonja. I’m sorry to hear you’ve had these issues to deal with. Art can be a great healer I’ve found and immersing oneself in a project can really help to ease all kinds of pain. It doesn’t go away of course but it does help.

        May 4, 2014 at 10:39 am

      • It depends on the angle you view it from, Adrian, though I see perfectly which one you are coming from. I our case it concerned an elderly relative who has had a long and fulfilled, independent life who needed us to accompany him on his last journey, all while other unforgiving events were going in our lives, too. Of course he is missed and not a day goes by where we don’t think about him. But it is as it has to be. It meant though that for a nearly a year I was running on autopilot, there was no time for anything, let alone art or photography. I am only now slowly getting back into the latter, and my brain is starting to switch on to developing crafty projects while I am working away in the garden. I think I will be really glad to find the inner and outer peace again to get back to picking up pencils and brushes, the dandelions sound an interesting subject to do that with :-) I might even start seeing them in a different light in the garden hehe. Not likely though ;-)

        May 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

  20. When they go to seed like your picture they remind me of pins in a cushion :)

    May 3, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    • They do me too.. Thanks PC! :-)

      May 4, 2014 at 8:04 am

  21. Marianne Ensz

    Yup.  Definitely a close-up kinda girl.  Love these!   Marianne Ensz 913.649.6544 (h) 913.707.8916 (c) ma_designs2002@yahoo.com

    May 4, 2014 at 3:14 am

    • Thanks Marianne!

      May 4, 2014 at 8:04 am

  22. You have captured the dandelion beautifully in these images. Particularly the first one is excellent, so crisp and full of life. The use of depth of field is perfect and those small dots of purple below the seeds add that extra visual contrast that enhances the experience.

    May 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

    • Thank you Otto. I really appreciate that. I was itching to take pictures but didn’t want to go out. The dandelions in the garden were the perfect subject. Just shows you don’t always need to go driving all over to find pictures, if you look, you can find them right on your doorstep. :-)

      May 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

  23. Have seen many dandelions, shot in many ways, but this is the first time I’ve seen one half-gone. Really nice Adrian, love it!

    May 6, 2014 at 1:35 am

    • Thank you Tina. Like you I’ve seen many dandelion pictures, a popular subject, but I also could’t recall one like this one. Nice to be a little different. :-)

      May 6, 2014 at 7:22 am

  24. It was under similar circumstances a year or so ago that I set about photographing a dandelion head only to discover a tiny spider had taken up residence in it. I now see them in a totally new light: no longer delicate and ethereal but strong enough to provide a safe haven. Just goes to prove relativity I guess!

    May 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    • It does indeed Noeline. I think they are just amazing plants! I wonder what happened to the spider when the seeds started to disperse, seeing his home dismantled around his ears.. do spiders have ears? I think they hear with their feet dont’t they? So, dismantled around his feet? :-D

      May 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm

  25. yorkshirevarmint

    The dandelion has to be the perfect plant :) excellent close up presentations too

    May 6, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    • Thank you very much indeed!

      May 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm

  26. Sparkling clarity, Adrian. And the partially ‘blown’ ones often make the more interesting images.

    May 6, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    • Thank you Andy. A 14-24 Nikkor super wide angle lens is not the obvious choice for a macro shot like this but the quality of the lens is so good I wanted to give it a try and the results speak for themselves. There is a definite 3d quality to all shots I take with this lens. Having the ability to crop so tightly with the D800e was obviously a huge plus.

      May 6, 2014 at 9:36 pm

  27. Beautiful photos!

    May 8, 2014 at 11:34 am

    • Thank you Hans! :-)

      May 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm