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


This was taken during a stretch of lovely spring weather with temps in the 70s and 80s.

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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Amazing coulors.

Posted by Andrea Boccardi at October 14, 2008 5:09 AM

The background is pretty ripe than the fruit itself. WOW!

Posted by Ranjhith at October 14, 2008 6:23 AM

spetacular shot very impressive use of light and perfect point of focus, compliments

Posted by fabrizio at July 16, 2010 4:52 PM
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