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Dandelion Seeds

Posted by
Russ Devan (New Hanover, United States) on 27 June 2008 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I shot this in my dandelion farm (aka, my backyard) one evening while mowing the lawn. I like how the evening sun brightly backlit the dandelion seedheads, so I stopped the lawn tractor and grabbed a few shots before cutting them down. The black background behind the dandelions are my stand of tall spruce trees that I planted as a privacy screen. As much as I liked how the dandelions looked with the backlighting, I like nice cut weeds, er....lawn.

I'm not one to apply weed killer and fertilizer to my lawn since I am on well water and the water table is only 12 feet down. It would be like peeing in my own drinking water if I added chemicals to my lawn as they would eventually leach through the soil and impact the ground water. In addition, a small stream is present directly behind my backyard, so any fertilizer/herbicides could runoff and directly impact the water quality, small fish, and ducks that live back there. Needless to say, I have the least golf course-like lawn on my street (notice that I didn't say worst lawn since I don't think it's bad to begin with). The guys at Scotts and Chemlawn probably hate me. Tough shit.