Parachute Ball by Tom Gomez

A dandelion parachute ball in my lawn. This one has already lost some of its parachutes.

After pollination and flowering is finished, the dandelion flower dries out for a day or two and then the seed-bearing parachutes expand and lift out of the dried flower head. The dried part of the flower drops off and the parachute ball opens into a full sphere.

When ready to disperse, a gust of wind will carry the seeds attached to their parachutes and disperse them over a wide area. The parachute drops off when the seed strikes an obstacle.

After the seed is released, the parachutes lose their feathered structure and take on a fuzzy, cotton-like appearance, often called “dandelion snow”.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Tamron 70-300mm LD macro 1:2
ISO: 400


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Related shots can be found at: Flowers or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic Tom.

  • Cheers mate. I have never really used my macro lens, so thought I would give it an airing …

    – Tom Gomez

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot Tom, lovely close up work. Great shallow depth of field.

  • Cheers Gary, always appreciated mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 5 years ago

    Did you do the One O’Clock, Two O’Clock etc…???

  • Hehe, looks like someone has beaten me to it, i would have to start at 5 O’Clock …

    – Tom Gomez

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 5 years ago

    I’ve got the Sigma, and it’s great too.

  • I have an 18-200mm Sigma, a good lens, but it does not do macro …

    – Tom Gomez

  • klikker
    klikkeralmost 5 years ago

    HOI YOU!!! Stealin my next post. Right thats it. ITS WAR

    Great shot Tom. Lovely etail and I love the dancing light around it. Nick

  • Hehe, sorry mate. Glad you like it though …

    – Tom Gomez

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  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot, awesome details.. I have the sigma 70-300mm macro, well it works between 200-300mm, but it’s really only half strength..I have many in my gallery taken with that lens…

  • Cheers Jase, I have not used it much, but it seems to do a reasonable job …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Charuhas  Images
    Charuhas Imagesalmost 5 years ago

    great shot,……..

  • Thank you kindly Charuhas …

    – Tom Gomez

  • tcat757
    tcat757almost 5 years ago

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 5 years ago

    gorgeous capture lighting and colors!!

  • Thank you so much dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

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