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Old Jun 27, 2007, 5:53 PM   #11
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Thanks Kjell - I agree the yellow leaf is a distraction, and Idid trya closer crop, but I felt the seeds pointing to the left needed the room in front of them to preservethe sense of motion in that direction. I also wanted to preserve the strands of the seeds leaving the frame on the left for the same reason. And I didn't want to try editing it out, as I am a realist, and that is the way it was (that is the scientist in me, so that is not necessarilyanother way of saying I would have ruined it if I tried, but that is probably true, too!).

The lighting was actually overhead - nearly a noon sun, and as you say, a no-no, but it illuminated the "fluff" nicely. Besides the seeds weren't about to wait for better light, only for the breeze to blow. Some things you have to take when you can get them, regardless of the rules, but it seems to have worked this time, anyway.

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Old Jun 28, 2007, 10:14 AM   #12
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Like everyone else, I like it too. I remember playing with milkweed seeds as a kid in NH, while there is a weed called "milkweed" in my area of FL I don't believe it is the same thing and I have never seen it get seedpods like this.

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Thanks, Tim. I don't think wild milkweeds are as colorful or as tall as this one and the bright yellow one in the aphid picture, both of which are horticultural varieties, but they all reproduce the same way.
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