A Field of Yellow Rocket (Barbarea vulgaris) and Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)


This photo was taken on Monday. We've had a stretch of lovely spring weather with temps in the 70s and 80s for a week now. Everything's blooming like crazy.

Yellow Rocket is also known as Wintercress. It's used in folk medicine for a varity of ailments and I've read that it can be eaten, although I don't endorse that idea. Dandelion was brought to the U.S. long ago as a garden plant and was widely used for food and medicine. It's only thought of as a weed in lawns now, sadly.

Remember Euell Gibbons? In his book Stalking the Wild Aparagus, Euell said, "Even during the worst blizzard in January, a glass of dandelion wine will bring summer right into the house."

Here are a few recipes for dandelion wine and here's a nice fact page on dandelions.

Camera settings and post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens with polarizing filter at 135mm, ISO 200, f/2.8, shutter 1/1250s. Curves adjustments, color balancing.

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Again, very lovely shot and good handling of the subject.

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Posted by G velvet Un on April 22, 2008 1:12 AM

It's a beautiful photograph. Must have taken you some time to focus the flowers at the right distance.

What makes it most interesting is that you've chosen not to focus on the boy or the flowers right in front. Love It!!

Posted by Sandeep on April 22, 2008 2:42 AM

I just went on a guided hike locally and we talked about some edible wildflowers (like the dandelions you mention). Interesting to me was spiderwort--they used to chew it up and spit the result on spider bites.

It's since been proven unequivocally ineffective.

Posted by Jesse on April 22, 2008 4:44 AM

This is beautiful, lovely depth of field.

Posted by LwS on April 22, 2008 4:51 AM

Yes I remember Euell Gibbons. Didn't he die of "natural" causes?

Posted by JPH on April 22, 2008 6:20 AM

I love this photo. The focus (or lack thereof) creates a dreamy feeling, much like you might experience lying around in a field of flowers on a spring day.

Posted by marcus on April 22, 2008 8:09 AM

so nice!

Posted by aminTorres on April 22, 2008 8:15 AM

There is no point of interest or focus in this pic, but still there is something to it that makes it interesting.

Posted by Balaji on April 22, 2008 9:16 AM

Two of my favorite colors featured!

Lying in the field of green and yellow
Pausing from his activities is this young fellow.
As he now rests from being so lively
Was the area first checked for poison ivy?

(rhus radicans)

Posted by JPH on April 22, 2008 11:09 AM

not good. the out of focus part of the picture looks fake.

Posted by wade on April 22, 2008 11:15 AM

I love the in-and-out-of-focus quality to this shot.

Posted by hwalk on April 22, 2008 2:00 PM

This is like a beautiful dream. I love the mood of this. The softness is wonderful and offers that dreamlike quality. Spring fever is in the air!

Posted by Laurie on April 22, 2008 2:15 PM

Brilliant image! Impressionistic. It tells a great story and has a wonderful feeling to it. The red shirt and the white shoes in the air add the needed contrast.

Posted by Paul Grecian on April 23, 2008 9:03 PM

It is as if there is only this spring day, and it is sufficient.

I'm totally fogged in Quatsino B.C., so this image twice appreciated, thank you!

Posted by daviddtinnon on April 24, 2008 10:36 PM

I love the lack of focus on the boy. He is lost in this moment. Just as he should be! Bravo!

Posted by glaucia on May 5, 2008 8:58 PM

I didn't read every comment, so I'm sure I'm being repetitive when I say that your creative use of limited depth of field allows this to have a very impressionistic feel! I'm a long time RSSer of your site.

Posted by Brad on May 6, 2008 11:41 PM

Your use of selective focus in this shot in really sweet. And the colors -- the red shirt, the yellow dandelions, the dark green grass. And those feet in the air! Really nicely done.

Posted by Robert Crum on May 7, 2008 4:32 PM

Your DOF is wonderful in this. Like all excellent photos it has the power to transport the viewer to realms of wonder.

Posted by Michael Skorulski on July 23, 2008 2:37 PM
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