Sunlit sparks

The much-maligned dandelion:

Humble, yet unnoticed in its beauty.

Yet when covered in glorious dew

Each feathered seed is alive

Shining like a jewel,

A small spark of sunlight.

To remind us that what we call weeds are, in fact, beautiful flowers.

(Same could be said of most people too.)

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86 responses

  1. awesome pictures.. 😀

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    November 7, 2011 at 15:40

  2. Lovely. I saw a tattoo of a dandelion on a woman’s shoulder. It was delicate and stunning. I don’t know how the artist managed to create something so realistic and beautiful on someone’s skin.

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    November 7, 2011 at 15:47

  3. I have a macro feature on my camera, too, but my pics don’t turn out as nice as yours.

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    November 7, 2011 at 15:52

  4. Wonderful photos of this flower.

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    November 7, 2011 at 16:16

  5. A precious and beautiful flower…Lovely shots!

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    November 7, 2011 at 16:34

  6. Even dandelions can be beautiful! Love your shots and words!

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    November 7, 2011 at 17:10

  7. I love dandelions when you can blow them.

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    November 7, 2011 at 17:11

  8. Beautiful. 🙂

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    November 7, 2011 at 17:22

  9. Gorgeous captures and such perfect macro shots! And I love your words “To remind us that what we call weeds are, in fact, beautiful flowers.

    (Same could be said of most people too.” So very true and a great reminder for the day! Hope your week is off to a great start, Fiona! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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    November 7, 2011 at 17:32

  10. Amazing creations of god and so well captured

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    November 7, 2011 at 17:50

  11. Just catching up from being away … you’ve had some remarkable photos the past week! Love those autumn tree shots! Wowza!

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    November 7, 2011 at 18:05

  12. —The white fluff is my favorite part 🙂 especially when they fly… xxx

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    November 7, 2011 at 18:14

  13. Fabulous – really loved both the photos and the insight!

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    November 7, 2011 at 19:45

  14. I don’t think I’ve ever seen dandelions looking so beautiful. These are wonderful macros.

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    November 7, 2011 at 19:48

  15. Delicious and very bright colors, I love these dandelion seeds.

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    November 7, 2011 at 19:55

  16. Riet

    Beautiful dandelions and photo’s. They look like a dream.

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    November 7, 2011 at 20:15

  17. My children and now my grandchildren used to blow away all the seeds of the dandelion in one blow. Your photos are beautiful.

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    November 7, 2011 at 20:42

  18. It´s amazing how God´s creation is so stunning, even in a “weed” like plant.

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    November 7, 2011 at 20:42

  19. Wonderful shots of the dandelion seeds. We used to blow on them and make a wish as children.

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    November 7, 2011 at 20:52

  20. An amazing shot. I have a dandelion cast in perspex and cannot understand how it was done. I have loved them since telling the time with them as a child. First puff one oclock, second two, until all the seeds are dispersed.

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    November 7, 2011 at 20:52

  21. actually i love dandelions…and i know they are weeds but i think them pretty flowers…and a wish on each blow…

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    November 7, 2011 at 21:21

  22. Glorious light in those shots – even dandelions have beauty in in them.

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    November 7, 2011 at 21:27

  23. Fantastic. Speaks for the delicacy of the flower and the dew drops. How wonderful

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    November 7, 2011 at 21:27

  24. Great captures LadyFi. Yes, we are surrounded by beauty, if we would only take the time to open our eyes and appreciate God’s creation. Thanks for your images of just one of them!

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    November 7, 2011 at 21:57

  25. LadyFi, those are wonderful! Thanks.

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    November 7, 2011 at 22:09

  26. Bravo! A Jewel of a post!

    Aloha from Honolulu

    Comfort Spiral

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    November 7, 2011 at 22:28

  27. Jim

    These shots are fantastic! I really need to get a macro lens!!! Thanks for the push or should I say challenge!!

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    November 7, 2011 at 22:46

    • I used the macro setting on my zoom lens for these! But yes – do get a macro lens… you can get even closer!

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      November 8, 2011 at 05:50

  28. I envy these seeds because they can fly and travel vast area. 🙂 Great shots.

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    November 7, 2011 at 22:46

  29. imac

    Love the flying Angels.

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    November 7, 2011 at 23:04

  30. Beautiful reminders ♥

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    November 8, 2011 at 01:20

  31. Thank you for such a beautiful tribute to a dandelion puffball, which seems to me universe itself where life is contained in each seed.

    Yoko

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    November 8, 2011 at 01:41

  32. LadyFi: Neat job in capturing the lowly dandelion.

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    November 8, 2011 at 01:44

  33. lovely images
    loved the conclusion of your poem!

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    November 8, 2011 at 01:53

  34. Terrific photo! Dandelions have a bad rep but I have lovely memories of blowing the seeds into the wind and watching them float off like wishes.

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    November 8, 2011 at 02:48

  35. I love how you put these posts together … and get us to think “big” thoughts while falling in love with a ‘weed.”

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    November 8, 2011 at 03:01

  36. I agree that YOURS are lovely, Fi – just don’t blow the seeds into my yard in CO!

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    November 8, 2011 at 03:11

  37. lots of things, like this flower, reveal its beauty when we look a closer.
    beautiful photos.

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    November 8, 2011 at 05:51

  38. Always an interesting subject for lens. 🙂
    Great captures.

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    November 8, 2011 at 06:24

  39. Neat captures! I’ll play with them, blow a little wind, puff! they are scattered back to seed.

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    November 8, 2011 at 07:11

  40. I’m always drawn to these for picture taking.
    Lovely captures.

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    November 8, 2011 at 07:21

  41. If we look closelt even the plainest things have beauty Fi – Dave

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    November 8, 2011 at 07:55

  42. They are indeed much maligned. But you have made them look absolutely gorgeous glowing in the beautiful light.

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    November 8, 2011 at 09:28

  43. Beautiful shots.

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    November 8, 2011 at 09:56

  44. Did you know that dandelion flowers are actually edible?
    You can use them to make jam!

    Some filling idea for your mince pie recipe this coming Christmas?

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    November 8, 2011 at 10:59

  45. Wonderful macros highlighting the wonderful soft detail of the dandelions!

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    November 8, 2011 at 11:05

  46. I love that inner world of the Dandy lion. 🙂

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    November 8, 2011 at 11:19

  47. ah, I thought it was frost there for a while. 🙂

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    November 8, 2011 at 11:53

  48. Your world with dew on a dandelion puffball is so pretty, and your thoughts deep. I also honoured this weed earlier this year. 🙂

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    November 8, 2011 at 12:32

  49. Great post, weed or flower? I love the comment about people also. Zinger.

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    November 8, 2011 at 12:56

  50. Amazing photos…and of course, words!!

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    November 8, 2011 at 13:31

  51. Perfection in nature! Love your images… so amazing!

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    November 8, 2011 at 13:32

  52. I have long been intrigued by the power of the dandelion and its seeds. As an art project I have scattered the seeds onto paper and framed them mid flight.

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    November 8, 2011 at 14:28

  53. I don’t see dandelions in southern California, however, they bring back memories of blowing on them as a child in France.

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    November 8, 2011 at 14:47

  54. Your photographs (I just checked them all) are stunning, as is your text. Your header as a slide show is the first I have seen. Beautiful.

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    November 8, 2011 at 15:30

  55. The dandelion looks so magical the way you show it. Lovely images!

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    November 8, 2011 at 15:46

  56. JM

    Beautiful series. I especially like the bottom shot.

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    November 8, 2011 at 16:45

  57. Very lovely indeed!

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    November 8, 2011 at 16:47

  58. Thanks for sharing with us, LadyFi, the beauty of what is easily over looked.

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    November 8, 2011 at 17:00

  59. Beautiful dandelion captures LadyFi!
    I really love them… 😉
    Greetings from Holland,
    Anna

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    November 8, 2011 at 17:07

  60. You are so right, Fi, about flower and about people.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    November 8, 2011 at 20:19

  61. Weeds can be flowers!

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    November 8, 2011 at 20:21


  62. · Humble but beautiful. It is enough.

    · hugs

    CR & LMA
    ________________________________
    ·

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    November 8, 2011 at 22:43

  63. I love dandelions and dressed in mist is the best!

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    November 8, 2011 at 23:20

  64. Sometimes, we judge things by others’ remarks and don’t make up our own minds. Lovely job!

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    November 8, 2011 at 23:36

  65. Oh what a beautiful take on a “weed” we all love to hate 🙂

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    November 9, 2011 at 00:50

  66. Oh so lovely. Reminds me of being a little girl when I thought dandilions in seeds were lovely; I hated to blow the seeds away (like kids always ldid back then). it’s good to remember sometimes!

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    November 9, 2011 at 01:03

  67. Al

    Beautiful photos. I’ve always loved dandelions when they look like this. Unfortunately, I also know when they look like this that I’m going to have a lot more of them on my lawn!

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    November 9, 2011 at 01:32

  68. Completely delightful, these images. Thank you, my friend. You capture them so well.

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    November 9, 2011 at 03:59

  69. Really Awe inspiring! So refreshing, the words and the captures as well 🙂

    My Yatra Diary…

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    November 9, 2011 at 05:02

  70. Loved the pics and your write-up too

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    November 9, 2011 at 05:15

  71. Roshni

    lovely! And what you said is totally true too!

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    November 9, 2011 at 06:02

  72. Your thoughts are so beautiful…as are those pictures. You capture things in a perfect light- all the time.
    Thank you.

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    November 9, 2011 at 06:22

  73. I love the miracle of all those tiny seeds..and yes I am a child at heart and blow them into the summer breeze:)

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    November 9, 2011 at 06:27

  74. lovely post…cheers!

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    November 9, 2011 at 06:54

  75. I like dandelion flowers. Spring has been quite cool, so I don’t know about summer. Is it getting cold yet?

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    November 9, 2011 at 10:04

    • It’s been a very mild autumn so far, but it’s cooling down a bit now…

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      November 9, 2011 at 10:07

  76. There is nothing more beautiful than a grassy roadside verge covered in banks of dandelions. I love them, and the dandelion ‘clocks’ are so pretty, I have a photo of one in my sidebar. In reality I don’t think there is such a thing as a ‘weed’ – except in fanatical gardener’s minds. Every plant has a purpose, medicinal, culinary, or in the beauty field, it seems to me that in the hustle and bustle of our modern day lives we have largely lost the knowledge of the uses of these plants/herbs that we once possessed.

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    November 9, 2011 at 15:08

  77. I love dandelions
    when we were kids we would makes wishes as they floated by
    and we never pulled them out, we waited for the wind 🙂

    lovely photos

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    November 9, 2011 at 16:16

  78. Beautiful and stunning machos of the dandelion. I love them. and I especially like shooting them. They amaze me with all of their little parts. They are just amazing. Wonderful captures. genie

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    November 9, 2011 at 17:43

  79. Meena Menon

    Fresh!!!!!

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    November 9, 2011 at 18:02

  80. Excellent Macro shot and depth of field from a technical perspective. Simply beautiful from an artistic perspective.

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    November 9, 2011 at 22:12

  81. A lovely post with wonderful shots and wonderful words!
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful world;o)

    ***
    Hope you are having a fabulous week****

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    November 9, 2011 at 23:52

  82. Hello Lady Fi! 🙂

    These are excellent macro shots of a dandelion and I love how you added your own thoughts in words!

    “To remind us that what we call weeds are, in fact, beautiful flowers.” ~ So true and well stated!

    It is such a pleasure to meet another ‘Lady Fiona’ who is also British and living abroad ~ WoW! What an amazing trio of coincidences and it never fails to amaze me as to how small the internet can truly be! Some of my friends call me “Lady Fi” for short ha ha!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and for sharing our similarities ~ that was pretty mind blowing to read! Your kind comment is very much appreciated! I love your photography and I follow quite a few awesome photographers on Blogger 🙂

    Best Wishes,
    Your ‘twin’ ;))

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    November 10, 2011 at 02:19

  83. My wife used to have a dandelion–in the stage of the one in the photo–that was encased in plastic. I always wondered how the heck they did that. Surely, it must have been sprayed with something to keep everything in place before the plastic was poured.

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    November 10, 2011 at 04:32

  84. and before they are the fluffy creatures, they are fields of golden yellow…and are STILL amazing. Pretty cool for “just a weed”. 🙂

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    November 12, 2011 at 14:18

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