Dandelion Clock


 

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Our weather here in dear old England is back to normal again …. you don’t know what it’s going to do from one day to the next. Anyway – I’d been looking out the patio window at the surrounding grassy area and admiring the buttercups. The men had cut the grass a week or so ago, but you’d never have believed it.

I noticed a few Dandelion clocks left over, so in between rain showers I dashed out [hmm , that’s a slight exaggeration at my age] to cut a fine-looking speciman to photograph indoors.

For a bit of drama, I draped a piece of  black material over a chair near the window and stood said Dandelion in a little pin-holder.

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From this angle it looks almost heart-shaped.  I’d taken loads of pics because  I knew there would be many with ‘camera shake’ as I’m not as steady as I used to be. Yes – I do use a tripod at times but I found the results, in this instance, didn’t justify all the messing about.

I’m still learning to use this camera and am experimenting with both the Macro setting and the zoom lens. I never use  flash.

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I love doing a bit of ‘post production’ on my photos and use the ‘soft focus’ on my Paintshop Pro quite often when I think it will suit the subject.  I also tried doing some background gradients in different colours, but they lost a bit of the drama.

Your comments or advice/experience is always very welcome …..

see you soon,    Eileen

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3 Comments on “Dandelion Clock”

  1. Nylabluesmum says:

    Oh Eileen I love the dandelion puffs…I have never heard the term ‘clocks’ before…that is pretty cool!! I love the softening effect you used on the photos; makes the dandies even more fluffy!!!
    I also chuckled over your ‘dashing out the door’ comment; same here…..I think it is a metaphorical dash we do now, LOL!!!
    I hope the weather has stabilized over there! Today is cloudy & cold after 2 perfectly lovely days!! We have Northwest wind which is frigid so no patio time for us 😦
    Have a good day whatever you are doing.
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too,

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  2. Hi Sherri-Ellen, as children we used to pick the dandelion ‘puffs’ [I’ve not heard that one before either!] and then blow on it and say 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock etc till it had all gone …. I’ll have to ask my grandchildren if they still do it these days.
    Our weather has been glorious all week and it’s set to continue I think.

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    • Nylabluesmum says:

      Hi Eileen…so that is why you call them ‘dandelion clocks’…..we never played that over here. I would just make a wish & blow, lol.
      I am thrilled someone is having great weather. We have had 4 days of clouds & drizzle & a cold Northwest wind….UGH!! Feels like March not June. There is a pouting cat by my side. I am hoping for good weather soon. 😉
      Sherri-Ellen xo

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