Macro Monday: dandelion in bloom and in seed

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

I love dandelions. Their little splashes of yellow across the grass are like nature saying hello at my every footstep. Once they turn into seed, they give me the opportunity to make a wish while helping nature make more splashes of yellow. The San Diego dirt is so dry, dandelions are a rare occurrence here but I got the opportunity to see many of them during our vacation on the East Coast.

Here are a few close-ups of yellow dandelions. I’ve never noticed the many curled-up pistils all over the dandelion blooms. Click on each picture to see them in more detail. They’re pretty cool looking.

Macro Monday: yellow dandelion in bloom
Macro Monday: yellow dandelion in bloom
Macro of a dandelion in bloom
Macro of a dandelion in bloom
Close-up of a yellow dandelion with curled-up pistils
Close-up of a yellow dandelion with curled-up pistils

I couldn’t wait to pick this dandelion in seed and blow on it, but first I had to take a picture of it.

Close-up of a dandelion in seed
Close-up of a dandelion in seed

WordPress weekly photo challenge: from lines to patterns

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “from lines to patterns”. You can click on the photos below for a larger view. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

I love the color patterns created by the lines on this monarch caterpillar.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: from lines to patterns - monarch caterpillar
WordPress weekly photo challenge: from lines to patterns – monarch caterpillar

Take a look at the intricate lines and patterns that make up the wings of a dragonfly. No wonder this is the fastest flying insect in the world.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: from lines to patterns - wings of an orange dragonfly
WordPress weekly photo challenge: from lines to patterns – wings of an orange dragonfly

The leaves of the bloodleaf plant (Iresine herbstii) display some beautiful lines all across.

Bloodleaf plant - Iresine herbstii
Bloodleaf plant – Iresine herbstii

I love the beautiful patterns and lines on the wood duck.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: from lines to patterns - wood duck
WordPress weekly photo challenge: from lines to patterns – wood duck

Waves create lines and patterns, even if it’s just the small ripples of a lake.

Lines and patterns of a lake's waves
Lines and patterns of a lake’s waves

Dandelions in seeds displays a lot of lines sorted by clusters.

Lines and patterns of a dandelion in seed
Lines and patterns of a dandelion in seed

I chose the lines of the paper kite butterfly (Idea Leuconoe) for last. I hope you enjoy them!

Lines and patterns of the paper kite butterfly (Idea Leuconoe)
Lines and patterns of the paper kite butterfly (Idea Leuconoe)

Giant dandelions in seed

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I’m finally able to take a lot of photos this week and it’s taking me a while to delete the bad ones, and keep and edit the good ones. I’m capturing a nice mix of flora, fauna and landscapes and I’ll be sharing these photos as I clean them up.

Today I’ll like to share these giant dandelions in seed I spotted in a large meadow. They were the only dandelions around and measured a couple of inches wide. I was tempted to go out there and blow on them, but I wasn’t crazy about climbing over barbed wire and probably stepping on a few snakes hiding in the dry grass. I’m just glad the wind didn’t blow all these dandelions away so I could take a picture first.

Giant dandelions in seed
Giant dandelions in seed

Macro Monday: Dandelion in seed

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Today I’m taking part in Macro Monday at Lisa’s Chaos. I took my kids to a local county park yesterday and although the gray weather wasn’t warm enough to spend more time than needed on our picnic, it was perfect weather for a hike. We enjoyed beautiful views of the hills, the meadows and the trees. And we got to enjoy plenty of smaller parts of nature, including many flowers and insects.

For this Macro Monday, I’ve decided to feature a dandelion in seed. Believe or not, I’ve never taken a photo of one, so this was a first for me. Not all of it came out in focus so next time I’ll have to play with the depth of field a little bit more. I have to say my kids were very patient and waited until I was all done with my photos to pick this dandelion and blow on its seeds.

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Macro Monday: Dandelion in seed
Macro Monday: Dandelion in seed
Macro Monday: close-up of a dandelion in seed
Macro Monday: close-up of a dandelion in seed