‘Tis the season again. These flowers can be spotted everywhere all over the world, especially in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. So it’s not hard to find some in your neighborhood. This morning I got up a bit earlier than usual, rushed out for shooting even before brushing my teeth, ’cause I didn’t want to cause attraction from suspicious minds. Of course, if you do want to photograph on someone’s lawn, you’d better ask for permissions first, so that no one will call the police. I chose to take these pictures in a public sharing, unattended area. No one would ever mind.
If you can immediately identify what these plants are, that proves not only you are a person who tends to detail, but also you do take care of your garden at least once a while. I’ll give the answer in a minute.
On the picture, they do look beautiful. There are not much technical detail to share though, other than a) get close enough; b) using longest zoom you lens has; and c) using larger aperture – I was using f/4 and f/5.6 here. There is another thing: get dirty. Well, no literally. What I mean is to get the camera closer to the ground, at almost same height as the flower. I did kneel on the ground when I shot them. But you don’t have to.
So what kind of flowers are they? As with most people, we actually hate them when they grow on our own lawn. But in public area, especially viewing from a distance when they have yellow flower heads, they are beautiful. Hmm… from a distance… Bette Midler has a hit song with that title in the ’90s that’s many people’s (including myself) favorite, because it’s so true and unearthing.
In the first stage of blossom, these plants have yellow flower heads. In the second, the heads turn into seeds. They are officially called dandelion. If you don’t know that word, not a problem. But you will know this: weeds. That’s right. People hate them and wish to rip them out as soon as they come out of the ground. But they grow so fast and so wide spread. And it repeats every year. Therefore many people give up and just let them be.
On one hand, they are not desirable. On the other, they are beautiful God’s creature, from an angle, if you care to take a closer look. Everything has at least two sides, depends on how you look at it.
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