Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.



Walking Katie-girl on this warm, almost muggy, Saturday morning I noticed a perfectly formed, fluffy, dandelion seed thingy.

Lots of people don’t like these guys.

I instantly thought of fellow blogger Mike who has taken many wonderful shots of dandelion fluff, and I knew I needed to go home and get the camera.

Katie disagreed.

But after some back and forth and compromise on both our parts, I convinced her to turn around. Once I deposited her back in the house I trotted, with my camera, back down the street. I figured, being it was early, I could get a few shots before the neighbors got going and no one would wonder what I was doing in their ditch.

Kind of cool in black and white.

It sort of worked out, but by the time I was done their garage door was open and they were peering out at me. Once they noticed the camera they just nodded and wandered back inside. I think they’ve seen me out and about before.

But I bet they went out to the ditch later to see what in the world I’d be so interested in.

Yep, the lowly dandelion puff ball is beautiful when you stop and look.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

30 thoughts on “Influenced

  1. I find them to be intricately fascinating. But if they’re in my yard I dig them up and dispose of them, making sure that no seeds escape.


    • Yes, they are intricate. I don’t mind them in the yard, I figure they were here first. (Our yard was originally a field.) But husband is not a fan, and I don’t like them in my gardens, so I dig them up there.


  2. I got a kick out of the mental image of your neighbors tiptoeing to that ditch to see what piqued your attention! I’m not a fan of Dandelions in my yard, but I like that they appear elsewhere. You’ve got a great capture here — the black and white one, especially, looks like hundreds of tiny bristles!


  3. Very cool photos. The B&W shot looks like something in a science textbook explaining some obscure principle.


  4. How can you make a wish without a dandelion? These turned out beautifully.


  5. Awesome! Now you will not be able to pass by one without thinking how to capture the picture. Don’t worry, all my neighbors look and wonder too, when I’m crawling around in the grass with my camera… 🙂


    • Thanks for the inspiration! I’ve always liked the little things that most people don’t see. So much beauty right there but generally undiscovered. I’m surprised you got all the way around a 3.5 mile path trying to do macro photography. I’d be stuck in the first 5 or 10 feet because there’s so much. It would take me days to go 3.5 miles!


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  7. This is why it takes us longer to the simple things like take a walk. We always see something that requires our attention and we need our camera to document it. Great pictures.


  8. They remind me of a groovy dining room chandelier my friend’s had in the 70’s. Now stay out of the ditches 🙂


  9. Nice photos! Way to persevere to get them. Our yard is full of them … and I haven’t taken the time to take some photos yet!


  10. That black and white photo is striking. One to frame.


  11. I like how you’re playing with photography these days. I notice it more after having been gone for awhile. It can feel so good to get that interesting angle and to see things through different eyes.


    • Yes, that is fun. Especially after you’ve lived in the same place for lots and lots of years and you feel like you’ve photographed everything there is to photograph at least twice.


  12. That photo sent Dad on a way back trip in his mind. Finding a dandelion, blowing on it and watching the seeds drift in the wind.

    We can imagine your neighbors saying, it that crazy shutterbug at it again. BOL

    Gemini & Dog Dad


    • I remember doing that as a kid too. I always imagined the seeds flew far far away, maybe to a whole other country! Hey, we lived in Michigan, Canada wasn’t that far away!


  13. Excellent photos! Your camera close ups are VERY cool! Even the black and white!! ❤️


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