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Nadya Johnson

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The Dandelion Show

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Farm along Rt. 40/ Northern Illinois (USA)
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Featured in MIDWESTERN US PHOTOGRAPHY
Featured in DOWN ON THE FARM
Featured in NATURE & MAN
Featured in CROPS & HARVESTS

Taraxacum

A large genus of flowering plants in the Aster family (Asteraceae), dandelions are native to Eurasia and North America. Two species, T. officinale and T. erythrospermum, are found as wild flowers commonly, worldwide.

Both species are edible in their entirety. The common name dandelion is French~ dent-de-lion, meaning “lion’s tooth”).

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It does seem odd to me, that if you look them up you find 3 types of information: sites about the plant itself (botony) ~ sites on how to harvest, cook and serve them ~ sities on how to poison and exterminate every dandelion in a 27-mile radius that dares to show its little yellow face!

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Am I the only one who sees a contradiction there, between the latter two?? Our world is over-run with starving people ~ global climate change is wreaking havoc with our ecosystems (bound in time, to impact food crops everywhere) ~ yet we do our best to annihilate edible plantlife so our NON-edible, and non-life-sustaining GRASS looks good?? Think about it. Crazy!

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No one in the scene was in a rush… just me: my yearly rush to get the Perfect Dandelion Shot! I don’t know if this is “IT,” but it will probably top my list for the year, since they’re already fading (I just took this Sunday/ now it’s Tuesday).

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You do have to rush to catch the dandelions! Not only is the bloom over very quickly… most are mown down the second they appear, even here in farm country. You see them now and then along the highways and the back-roads and in yards (especially long-neglected yards); but saffron-colored meadows such as I envision spilling off forever, are a real rarity these days. They do exist… but even so you have to get there in the morning or the early afternoon because the flowers close toward sunset. A decent background helps… well, I prefer “pretty” over say, some cumbled down abandoned factory… and as always with nature photography, the quality of light is crucial too.

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You have to make it there before the seeding starts, as well. If they stayed the way they are initially, they wouldn’t be so universally despised. They don’t, as everybody knows. Up come the puff-balls soon enough (picturesque enough in the wild/ not so welcome in your lawn)! And once they seed, they get downright grotesque.

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When they first appear, they ARE really beautiful! Especially in the wild ~ or at least, the countryside, where they belong.

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P.S. I lucked out with this. A little quilt barn in the bargain! :-) Well, a quilt SHED. The real, much larger barn, is to the left out of the shot. I’m familiar with this farm… we used to go next door to get our eggs. The quilt is new, and so is the red paint.

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