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Seeds to the Wind

Seeds to the Wind
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Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 137 N: 804] (3107)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-09
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Kodak Easyshare LS753
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Top Favorite Photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-13 11:56
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I don't know what flower these seeds are from, but it was very big about 3-4 inches across, nothing like the small dandilions I find in my yard. I always loved blowing the seeds from these as a child into the wind, but now I just tried to get a photo that was complimentary to this huge flower.

This was taken in the Tom McCall Nature Preserve 11 miles east of Hood River, Oregon, near the Rowen Crest on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

UPDATE: Identification
Thanks to Rob Brown I've been able to identify this flower seeds as Goat's Beard or as it's known in this area, Yellow Salsify or Oyster Plant
Tragopogon dubius
Yellow salsify is a robust, tall annual or biennial weed. It is more or less branched, and the stout stems arise from 30-100 cm tall. The leaves are thinnly lanceolate, tapering gradually from the enlarged base to a point at the distal end. Individual leaves measure up to 30 cm long.
The involucre has 8-13 bracts, which are usually 2.5-4 cm long. These are longer than the lemon-yellow rays and are linear in shape with pointed tips. The seed heads are reminiscent of enlarged dandylion seed heads. The seeds are wind dispersed.
The genus name, Tragopogon, literally means trago-goat and pogon- beard, which refers to the fruiting heads of the seeds, compairing the feathery pappus to the beard of a goat.

Yellow salsify is found over much of the United States. It is a native of Europe.
In the Columbia River Gorge, it is found from Troutdale, OR in the west all the way to the eastern end between the elevations of 100'-3000'.

Photo: Rotated, Cropped, Clonned a small spot on lower right corner, Levels, Resized, Sharpened.

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I love the POV and the way the flower leans into the picture. Focus is perfect and DOF effective in showing that great sky blue cloudy background. An interesting and arty shot Lori, very well done.

This one is realy marvelous.
The contrast is very good with the deep blue sky, and the brown.
On the flower is such a bright light, it seems as it is golden in the middle.
Well done
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2005-07-13 14:35]

Ithink your picture is marvelous, with this blue sky. I like your composition. TFS:

P.S: i relly think that's a good image, it's not a reward for the point you had given to me (sorry for my english)

Excellent capture Lori. The pov is amazing and add hugeness to the plant making it look even bigger. The dof is spot on - lot of details in the plant and well blurred background. The low horizon and the clear blue sky is very good - help, I am running out of superlatives;-).

I think this one would be great in size XXl framed on a wall.

Wow, that's some great DOF and POV. Clarity is excellent as well. I like how you've cropped to take up the entire frame, exaggerating the size of the flower.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-14 0:26]

Great compo Lori with the seed head low to the horizon and showing up well against the cloudy blue sky. The lighting looks terrific and the plant nice and sharp. Well done.

This is really beautiful photo Lori.
I love the POV and colours, great BG and light. The main subject is a bit underexposed, but this can be advantage.
I think this should go to my favs.
I like it very much.

Lovely shot Lori. I like the contrast between the white/grey of the flower and the blue of the sky in the BG. A sort of 3D effect here. Excellent sharpness and light. Very well done!

Hello Lori

This is a sensational capture. I love everything about this. You have done a wonderful job in the composing of this shot. Excellent light, awesome POV. DoF is spot on and the BG is magnificent. Congrats!

I have a partial answer to the ident question, it is definatly a Goat's Beard (Tragopogon) wether it is one native to you or a european export is another question , hope this is of use in the super image, sharp of colour and focus and beautifully presented with the low POV allowing it to be seen against the clear blue of the sky TFS

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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-07-18 4:13]

Great Shot Lori! Very nice point of view and composition! Nice sharpnes.. Real good!



Nice POV including the natural environment. Would have liked to see a bit of fill flash but it's a minor nit. Very well done.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-24 3:06]

Well done Lori.
I like your artistic approch here. Nice POV.
Great focus with a strong BG.
Very effective.
Great work

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