Alien Beauty by rocamiadesign

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3/28/10 – Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT group.
5/28/10 – Featured in the ARTISTIC, CREATIVE & VERY TALENTED group.
9/14/10 – Featured in the TOTALLY AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY group.
3/18/11 – Featured in the RAINBOW Group.

These flowers remind me of gigantic dandelions when they have gone to seed. My sons call them wild sunflowers. Those elongated green pods in the background are the same kind but haven’t bloomed yet. We found them on one of our afternoon walks to the store, in Columbia Falls, Montana.

This is the seed stage of the purple salsify (also known as Goat’s Beard), which is from the family, Asteraceae, and genus, Tragopogon, which has 140 species. Salsify is native to Europe and Asia, but several species have been introduced in North America and Australia, where they thrive, being considered weeds by many. I think they are beautiful in both the blossom and seed stages.

331 views, as of 3/21/11.

3/17/10 – TOP TEN WINNER in the All About Macro challenge, hosted by the Quality Unlimited group.
5/18/10 – TOP TEN WINNER in the Just a Weed challenge in the HOSTING TUTORIAL Group.

Model: COOLPIX P80
Shutter Speed: 10/2873 second
Aperture: F/6.3
Focal Length: 10 mm
ISO Speed: 64


  • Rainy
    Rainyover 5 years ago

    Very beautiful capture!!

  • kotybear
    kotybearover 5 years ago

    I just love these things! Always thought they were dandelions gone to seed but their not! Very beautiful angle!

  • Jarede Schmetterer
    Jarede Schmett...over 5 years ago

    instant fav!! love it!

  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayover 5 years ago

    We’ve always called them “milk weed”. But I have no idea if this is their correct name. The stems are full of milky substance. They make great fodder for photos!

  • Kaliquo
    Kaliquoover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

    JUSTARTover 5 years ago


  • plunder
    plunderover 5 years ago

    This one is outstanding! What an interesting point of view.

  • Thanks, Deb! Unfortunately, the field was mowed about a week after I took this picture. Fortunately, weeds have no problem growing back.

    – rocamiadesign

  • joan warburton
    joan warburtonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful composition, wonderful photo!

  • Thank-you Joan!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shot!

  • Thanks, Gail!

    – rocamiadesign

  • teddybearcholla
    teddybearchollaover 5 years ago

    WOW!!! I love the perspective…the soft colors and focus!!!

  • Thank-you! It’s nice to see you here. I haven’t had much time to hang around DA lately. I’ve been trying to focus on my work here, where my prints are. I’d love to see more of your work on this site. I think the artists here would love it.

    – rocamiadesign

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