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A low perspective

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Dandelions

Are they weeds or flowers? Or are they both, a weed that has a flower? A quick search on Wikipedia came up with some interesting information about dandelions. It s considered a weedy species, especially in lawns and along roadsides, but it is sometimes used as a medical herb and in food preparation. They are important plants for bees. Not only is their flowering used as an indicator that the honey bee season is starting, but they are also an important source of nectar and pollen early in the season. Dandelion pollen is a common allergen and is a common component in bee pollen. This allergen may be commonly responsible for asthma, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis and contact dermatitis in sensitive individuals. I found these in the Inniswood Garden’s lawn, which is the lawn where most people would prefer they stayed.

Anyway the gist of this post is about perspective and not giving you information on dandelions. Paul Lester has an older post on his experience of a lower perspective which I agree with, and a pretty good image. With the development of the photographers eye through practice we do pickup on the vision of our world from a different perspective We yearn to see it from new directions.

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Written by Monte Stevens

April 24, 2010 at 12:01 am

8 Responses

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  1. A most interesting view!

    Steve Skinner

    April 24, 2010 at 10:36 am

  2. The make for a great alchemy demo as well. Yesterday I transformed my yard from yellow to green with a lawnmower.

    Ray K

    April 24, 2010 at 11:47 am

    • Way too funny, Ray! But I do admit that’s one way of doing that. LOL NOw that the lawn is green again, have a super weekend!

      Monte Stevens

      April 24, 2010 at 11:49 am

  3. This image is a great reminder for me, ’cause all to often I forget to move the camera. I know why I do it, its a function of how I see images, but I think too often I miss opportunities. Have a great weekend, Monte! My wife and I were in Ohio today and I wondered how you were.

    Chris Klug

    April 24, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    • Seems like you travel as much as I do. I’m in New York tonight but will be back in Ohio tomorrow evening for some recuperation time.

      Monte Stevens

      April 24, 2010 at 10:28 pm

  4. Hey, Monte. I had to click on that link to my blog. 🙂 That was a while back and it reminds me that I need to do 2 things: 1. Remember to shoot lower. I did some yesterday, and 2. I need to go back to White Sands … soon!

    Now, as for those Dandelions, I’ve been reading about them off and on and I must admit to being curious about how they taste. From all accounts, they have a bitter taste to them and are pretty good to add to salad. If I try some, I’ll be sure to let you know how they taste. However, my lawn is free of them right now. I’ll have to go elsewhere to taste! I’m not so sure that I’d want to pick them out of my yard anyway; Hobbs tends to mark most everything!

    Paul

    April 25, 2010 at 5:33 pm


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