I love dandelions - always have, always will! Yup, they're weeds; I know that. But...that yellow! And, that will and determination to survive..well, they're winners in my book.
So, as I sat in Ny, while my sister fiddled with some settings and a new macro lens, I decided to photograph a few of these lovelies.
And, then back home, I began to play in photoshop elements.
The very same dandelion...the very same shot, but so much more soft and dreamy, courtesy of a few technques, learned from Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers II course. This one brings me peace; it soothes. I'm loving each version, but for different reasons.
A few quick facts:
Dandelions symbolize happiness, wishes coming true, along with summer and childhood.
Our early settlers deliberately transplanted dandelions to their new homes.
It's believed that you can send a message to someone by visualizing your message on the snowy white seed head before you blow on it.
Tradition held that the tallest dandelion stalk a child would find in early spring would show how much taller they'd grow in the coming year.
Long ago brides wove dandelions into their bouquets for a long, happy union.