Spring days in the state of Washington can go in many different directions. This week we’ve had some sun, we’ve had some rain, we had some strong gusting winds. And it’s hard to know what I’m going to discover when I take my camera outside and beginning photographing, especially after the winds that tangle and toss things around.
Photography is not a quick activity. It’s slow and sweet and patient. It’s not a click and go. It’s not about just the larger things we see, the mundane, the ordinary. It’s not about just the shallow surface of our world. It’s about seeing the light and the shadow, how it can move across the landscape. How it highlights and changes the world we think we know into something different, maybe unusual, usually magical. And when I use my macro lens, I feel the world becomes an even closer and more magical place.
The Dandelion. Introduced from Europe, the name bears some “roots” from the French term, dent de lion, or “lion’s tooth,” a reference to the leaves.
The dandelion is so much more than an irritating weed. It provides pollen for the bees, it can be used organically for such things as a diuretic, it possesses antioxidant properties, and can help the immune system. The leaves can be used in salads and soups. My Italian grandfather used to make dandelion wine. True fact.
There are approximately 60 species of dandelions. The one pictured in this photo is likely a common dandelion, Taraxacum officinale.
Some local fun history on dandelions as I was researching, I came across this article, How the Dandelion Came to Seattle, and Why by Dorothea Nordstrand.
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