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Ready for Takeoff

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 5 August 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

After pollination and flowering is finished, the taraxacum officinale, commonly known as the dandelion, dries out for a day or two and then the seed-bearing parachutes expand and lift out of the dried flower head. The dried part of the flower drops off and the parachute ball opens into a full sphere, ready for the wind to take seeds, or achenes, away. Photo taken July 7, 2009.

Canon PowerShot A630 1/60 second F/2.8 8 mm

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MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

*puff* *puff* - nothing happens. :-)
Super image that reminds me of very primitive organisms.

5 Aug 2009 8:52am

Michael Rawluk from Canada

Doesn't Mother Nature just work wonders?

6 Aug 2009 3:36am