Natures Fire works! - Poppy & Dandelion - NZ by AndreaEL

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Did you know that weeds may be good for you? Found this little bit of information on the net. Often weeds come up in our flower beds, some of us tend to get annoyed while others will marvel at the sheer beauty. Two simple plants side by side change from the ordinary to the extraordinary when touched by they rays of morning sunlight light from nature. I would not have seen this had I not been on all fours in the garden, the sunlight shining through the dandelion and poppy flower to me this was an amazing sight.

While many people think of the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) as a pesky weed, herbalists consider it a valuable herb with many culinary and medicinal uses. Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Its leaves are often used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots can be found in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make certain wines. In traditional medicine, dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems. Native Americans also used dandelion decoctions (liquid made by boiling down the herb in water) to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and stomach upset. Chinese medicinal practitioners traditionally used dandelion to treat digestive disorders, appendicitis, and breast problems (such as inflammation or lack of milk flow). In Europe, herbalists incorporated it into remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea. Today, dandelion roots are mainly used as an appetite stimulant, digestive aid, and for liver and gallbladder function. Dandelion leaves are used as a diuretic to stimulate the excretion of urine.
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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 4 years ago

  • Thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 4 years ago
    Very unusual take on this flower Andrea. Well done !
  • Thank you Roy for your lovely comment and kind words, I really appreciate it.

    – AndreaEL

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful shot Andrea!

  • Thank you Elizabeth for your lovely comment and kind words, I really appreciate it.

    – AndreaEL

  • MayJ
    MayJover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous colors and light! Interesting info.

  • Thank you May for your lovely comment and kind words, I really appreciate it.

    – AndreaEL

  • vigor
    vigorover 4 years ago

    Great backlighting!!!

  • Thank you Viv for your lovely comment and kind words, I really appreciate it.

    – AndreaEL

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayover 4 years ago

    How pretty, don’t know how you achieved that effect but it’s wonderful! :O)

  • Thank you Vanessa for your lovely comment and kind words, I really appreciate it. I merely took the shot and was in the right place at the right time, nature provided the the effect with the sun reflecting behind the dandelion.

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 4 years ago

    Excellent work, the lighting is stunning

  • Thank you for your lovely comment and kind words, I really appreciate it.

    – AndreaEL

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikover 4 years ago

    Yes dandelion tea – is also good for hangovers – I bought my aunt some and never read about it – then she started laughing saying it is good for hangovers – also cleans the liver – I was on a big kick last year with aromatherapy and herbs it is so amazing what is on our earth naturally and we are scared of it and yet so many people will gobble pills from the doctor just a thought. Your Capture is beautiful and the colour makes my soul feel warm!

  • Ahhh! Thank you Rose, so pleased you feel warm. I was also surprised at the medicinal purpose of the dandelion, something I never knew. I agree about popping pills, I avoid them like the plague!

    – AndreaEL

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 4 years ago

    Very beautiful shot Andrea. The back lighting is fantastic and the dandelion (which many people here of Italian heritage eat the leaves)provides such a wonderful texture through the petals of the poppy. Keen eye you have. Nicely seen and captured. Kathy :)

  • Thank you Kathy for your lovely comment and compliment, your support is appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    wow! Amazing shot Andrea! Dandelions are great for all sorts, cooking the leaves like spinach, my tortoise absolutely loves it and a friend even makes wine out of them!

  • Thank you Maree for your lovely comment and info, I wonder if I could feed some to my parrots. Perhaps I should get a tortoise, there are so many of them in the garden.

    – AndreaEL

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