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The last one

The last one
: Mark Balas (CatStevens) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 63] (468)
: Plants
: 2007-05-15
: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/800
: 2007-12-09 13:22
: 3075
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The common name Dandelion is given to species of the genus Taraxacum, a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae

While the dandelion is considered a weed by many gardeners and lawn owners, the plant does have several culinary uses, and the specific name officinalis refers to its value as a medicinal herb. Dandelions are grown commercially at a small scale as a leaf vegetable. The plant can be eaten cooked or raw in various forms, such as in soup or salad. They are probably closest in character to mustard greens. Usually the young leaves and unopened buds are eaten raw in salads, while older leaves are cooked. Raw leaves have a slightly bitter taste. Dandelion salad is often accompanied with hard boiled eggs. The leaves are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and iron, carrying more iron and calcium than spinach.[4]

Dandelion flowers can be used to make dandelion wine, for which there are innumerable recipes [5]. It has also been used in a saison ale called Pissenlit (literally "wet the bed" in French) made by Brasserie Fantme in Belgium. Another recipe using the plant is dandelion flower jam. Ground roasted dandelion root can be used as a coffee substitute.

Dandelion root is a registered drug in Canada, sold principally as a diuretic. A leaf decoction can be drunk to "purify the blood", for the treatment of anemia, jaundice, and also for nervousness. Drunk before meals, dandelion root coffee is claimed to stimulate digestive functions and function as a liver tonic. "Dandelion and Burdock" is a soft drink that has long been popular in the United Kingdom with authentic recipes sold by health food shops. It is unclear whether cheaper supermarket versions actually contain extracts of either plant.

The milky latex has been used as a mosquito repellent; the milk is also applied to warts, helping get rid of them without damaging the surrounding skin.

Yellow or green dye colours can be obtained from the flowers but little colour can be obtained from the roots of the plant[6].

This plant also is useful in farming, because its deep, strong roots break up hardpan

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Very nice and pro!
Today I saw what happened with that dandelion after couple of second on TrekLens posted by Elenka.
Thanks for shot!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-09 16:37]

hi Mark, this is an interesting and unusual photo. I like it, it's nice with the single seed left, you had to see it! Background is perfect, isolating the seed very well, the colours and lighting are good too
Thank you!


great capture, TFS Ori

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-12-13 10:11]

Hello Mark !
I LOVE this picture ! It is so simple, but so beautiful ! This single seed looks frail and gracious, like a beautiful work of art. Excellent details, beautiful composition and POV, and a great blurred BG. Very well done !

witaj;-) piekne makro, slicznie skomponwane;-) i koor jest piekny!! Pozdrawiam i zycze zdrowych spokojnych swiat Bozego Narodzenia;-)

Hi Mark,
Cool shot of the last seed attached!
Good sharp detail and composition.
Great BG bokeh.

Hello Mark,
I think this is very artistic photo from you.
Very impressive shot with excellent details and amazing POV here.
Also, perfect focusing here, with fine DoF.
Well captured and TFS,
Best wishes,

Witam Marku!
Dzieki za komentarz do nietoperzowego zdjecia :)
Wybralem te fotke na poczatek z uwagi na jej artystyczny charakter. Podoba mi sie kompozycja i swietny detal. Bardzo ladnie zachowales "klimat" sytuacji, takie balansujace na krawedzi nasionko :)
I mobilne i stateczne zdjecie - dwa w jednym. Jedyne co mogloby byc lepsze to rozmiar fotki, odrobine wiekszy :)
Pozdrawiam zyczac najlepszego w nowym roku!

Hi again Mark,
Must have missed this one along the way, what an awesome shot love the POV, framing is excellent, really well seen and composed, nice work mate, Cheers Rick :)

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  • Tlapp Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 6 N: 19] (112)
  • [2008-04-05 5:45]

Great depth of field and sharpness on the subject and generally great pic.
Pozdrawiam, Rafal

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