macro monday | dandelion jewels

macro photography of dandelion with water droplets


Dandelion Dewdrops

macro photography of water droplets on dandelions

macro photography of a dandelion with water droplets

Summers in northern California are extremely dry.  It often doesn’t rain a single drop from May until October.  The hills turn a hay-colored brown as all the grasses and weeds growing on them dry up from lack of water.  But also growing among this sea of brown are some of the most beautiful and giant dandelions I have ever witnessed.  While one day hiking on these parched hills, I found one of the biggest and most perfectly shaped dandelions blowing in the wind.  I didn’t have my camera, so I gently plucked it from its stem and tried to ever-so-carefully bring it home.  But it was so windy that even after walking home backwards and shielding it with my hand to protect it, it grew smaller and smaller with each step I took.  By the time I got home, all that remained was an oddly-shaped weed with its top half missing.  I was going to throw it away, but after all that effort to keep it intact, I decided to give it a quick spritz of water and see what I could salvage.  This is what remained.


37 comments

    • Thanks so much, Nick! Yes — the dandelion has been photographed in so many ways that it’s hard to get a new spin on it — nonetheless, I had so much fun shooting these!

    • Thanks so much, Dawn! I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos and am interested in a print! I actually was looking into starting an Etsy Shop by the end of the summer, where I could sell some of my work for others to enjoy. If you could hold off a little bit until I can finalize my prices and selection, I’d love to offer you something then. Which photo were you thinking of? Thanks again, Dawn! I’m truly flattered!

  1. Absolutely gorgeous pics – I’m quite envious actually as I wouldn’t have thought of using water to salvage them, I’d have binned them…

  2. Wow, I never saw Macro Photos like these, They really are like jewels. Great Photos. Have a fantastic day. God Bless = )

  3. These are absolutely gorgeous!! And they do look like jewels. I always love taking photos of dandelions but these photos just have such amazing perspectives!


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