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The Dandelion - A Different Perspective

Updated on July 16, 2012
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Most of us think of the dandelion as being the nuisance weed, the one that keeps sprouting in the pathways and popping up in our lawns - the one we can’t wait to get rid of!

If we look beyond the fact it’s classed as a weed, we find some surprising facts and also a very beautiful flower.

The dandelion is a multi-functional plant, as every part of it is useful for something. The root, the leaves and the flower.

It’s food, it’s medicine and it’s also a dye for colouring.

Dandelion - 'Teeth of the Lion'
Dandelion - 'Teeth of the Lion' | Source

If you look at the close up picture, you can see the jagged edges of the petals - these gave the plant it’s name which is from the French word ‘dent de lion’ meaning ‘teeth of the lion’

The dandelion represents three celestial bodies.

The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puff ball resembles the moon and the dispersing seed resemble the stars.

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As a child there was always something quite magical about picking a seed head and blowing the soft, fluffy dandelion seeds into the air. As the little white parachutes floated into the air, we would make a wish.

The Puff Ball
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Seed heads just waiting to blow away
Seed heads just waiting to blow away | Source
The Seed Heads
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10 Interesting facts about the Dandelion

1. Dandelion ‘parachute’ type seeds can float away as far as 5 miles.

2. The white substance in a dandelions root is effective for the treatment of warts.

3. The leaves can be boiled, fried or eaten raw.

4. The yellow flowers are edible.

5. Dandelion tea made from the flowers or leaves gives a calming effect to the body. It’s also excellent for stomach cramps and headaches.

6. Dandelions love the sunshine and open wide to absorb the sun’s rays, as the sun goes down it closes up again at night.

7. The dandelion can be used to detect pregnancy! Although there is no medical backing to confirm this.

It’s believed if you pee on the underside of a dandelion leaf and it breaks out in tiny red blisters a woman is pregnant, if nothing happens to the leaf the test is negative!

8. The dandelion seeds are food for birds.

9. At least 93 different kinds of insects use dandelion pollen as food.

10. As a child I always believed coming into contact with a dandelion makes you wet the bed - is it true? It is only a myth, but there is some truth behind it.

The dandelion is a diuretic, this increases the amount of urine that is released by the body. If you consumed and digested a certain amount of dandelions before going to sleep, you may wake up to find your bed is wet!


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Dandelion recipes

Dandelion root tea recipe

Ingredients

1 Tbsp roasted dandelion root

½ Tsp minced fresh ginger

1 cardamon seed

12 oz water

Honey or sugar to taste

Method

Combine all ingredients except the honey in a pan and bring to the boil.

Continue boiling for 5-10 minutes

Strain then add the honey and serve.

 

Dandelion soup recipe

Ingredients

6 cups of washed and trimmed dandelion leaves

1 Tbsp olive oil

4 cups vegetable stock

2 leeks cleaned and sliced

1 diced carrot

2 ½ cups milk

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

Dandelion flowers for garnish

Method

Chop the dandelion greens.

Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat.

Add the dandelion greens, carrot and leeks and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.

Add the vegetable stock and simmer for 15 minutes.

At a medium heat, whisk in the milk and cook until thick, stirring frequently.

Puree mixture in a blender or food processor in batches, being careful of the hot liquid.

Pour all the puree back into the cooking pot, season with salt, pepper and Dijon mustard.

Serve in bowls garnished with a beautiful, bright yellow dandelion flower.


Kaleidoscope Dandelion
Kaleidoscope Dandelion | Source
Kaleidoscope Dandelion
Kaleidoscope Dandelion | Source

Creating a Kaleidoscope Dandelion

Creating a kaleidoscope pattern from your digital image is fun and easy to do.

I used Corel PaintShop

All you need is a close up digital image of a flower.

Open your image and click on ‘effects’ in the tool bar

Click on reflection effects

Click on kaleidoscope

Adjust the settings for your desired effect, have fun experimenting!


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A fabulous hub by cclitgirl who was inspired by the kaleidoscope effect and discovered fractal imagery.

Fractal Imagery and my Digital Art



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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Wow, I the pictures of these dandelions are beautiful. The soup recipe sounds interesting and I am going to try it, maybe not real soon, but I will some day. Great post and so informative. Voted way up!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I got an email notification that you published this hub and I had to come here right away to check it out, knowing it would be awesome. And you exceeded my expectations! Wow! I love the kaleidoscope photos especially, but the others are great, too. I published an article last month for my healthy food examiner column on dandelions as food. I had a wild food expert who provided several recipes, including one for dandelion donuts. I haven't tried them yet, but do toss a few young dandelion leaves into my salad green from time to time.

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Love, love, LOVE this hub, Movie Master! It is spectacular! Voting up and across and shared! You made my day! :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am amazed! The dandelions are beautiful. I have always resented them being in my yard, now I might not feel so resentful. I was unaware of them being edible. Thank you. The photos are beautiful..

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      Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

      How poetically cool. I will never look at a dandelion the same again. Your photos are amazing.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi teaches, thank you for stopping by, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the photos and you're going to try the soup!

      Many thanks for the votes, take care Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Deborah, dandelion donuts sound intriguing....

      I must have missed your healthy food hub, I will check it out.

      Thank you for your wonderful comments and votes!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sue, thank you for visiting, your wonderful comments, votes and sharing - wow you have just made my day too!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruby, thank you for your great comments - like me you are warming to the dandelion....

      Take care, Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Lynn, Many thanks for reading and your great comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Lesley... the photography of this pesky plant is incredible. Your talents never cease to amaze me. One other use is the dandelion as coffee. Take the root clean it and dry it and then roast it to a dark brown. Grind it as you would a coffee bean and it makes a drink which is flavourful. I have tried it. It is rather bitter but add a little sweetener and it is not bad. Apparently it was used as a replacement blend during the depression years.

      I had read as well that Barley seeds could be used in the same way.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Beth100 4 years ago from Canada

      The photos are beautiful! I remember making wishes when I blew the seeds away too -- and my children do the same! So much fun!! I have not tried the tea, soup or salad, but I could make plenty for everyone seeing that my lawn is covered in them (plus, I do not use chemicals on my lawn or gardens -- probably why I have so many beautiful yellow flowers!!) :D

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      All in all a very important plant, underestimated for so long, I still find it difficult to stop myself yanking them from the garden.

      Well written good informative article

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Movie Master. What a beautiful array of photographs. Your recipes look very interesting. I checked twice but did not see a Dandelion Wine recipe. Your camera work just soars beyond excellence. And the Kaleidoscope effect from the software may deserve a hub of it's own. This is very impressive.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Ditto on Mckbirdbks' insightful comment. "Your camera work just soars beyond excellence." I couldn't have said it any better. And all the information about using this common plant in recipes was amazing. Beautifully done by the Movie (and Photo) Master.

      Peg

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I don't think I will ever look at Dandelions the same way. This was an awesome hub on all of the positive uses of Dandelions. Up and awesome. Have a nice weekend.

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Love the kalidascope pics. I've always had a sneaking admiration for dandelions.

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Hello Lesley. Again I believe in synchronicity. The time, patience, care given to obtain the imagery is inspirational and a good teaching lesson, for me. I hope to share more with you on this tonight, I'm going to let it simmer on the burner a bit. Thank you for sharing this. Have you ever pondered if you were empathic in your own odd way . . .

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      Jennifer Arnett 4 years ago from California

      Those are the most beautiful pictures of dandelions I have ever seen. Wow, they can fly 5 miles!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Lesley, loved this hub. Really liked the 'clock' (that's what we call the puffball where I come from, you would blow away the seeds and count 1 o'clock, 2 o'clock etc etc when I was a kid we used to do it) and I loved the black and white photo, you should frame it! Voted up and shared.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Incredible hub! Love the photos, especially the black and white and the kaleidoscope! Amazing. I love the comparison to the sun, moon, and start. Many votes. Awesome hub!

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      This was a fun read and your writing was great. Thank you for including recipes. loved the pictures especially the kaleidoscopes. Voted up, useful, beautiful, and interesting :)

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      FANTASTIC!! What a GREAT hub! The pictures are beautiful and the information is ABOVE the TOP. So much to learn...I shall re-inspect those little critters with a different eye and attitude. They really are beautiful, aren't they. When I first moved into my farm in SE Kansas, about an acre of lawn was nothing but a sea of yellow dandelion flowers...it was astonishing. But, I let my "weed" definition take over and I eradicated all of them...pressure to keep up w/the Joneses!! LO..this is a truly interesting and entertaining hub, MM..thoroughly enjoy this. Birds love to pluck the burgeoning white "flower-seeds" before they open up...a good source of food, for sure. thank you. All ups but funny unless, well...we consider funny as 'peculiar' in that : who the heck knew all of this about "public enemy #1??" Yea!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Such a neat look at the amazing dandelion. Your images are intriguing--inspiring, really. You made me wonder how many children miss the simple pleasure of blowing a dandelion seed head because of a misperception that so-called lawns should not have them. Thanks for a delightful read with recipes!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      We have dandelion in our garden but did not know it was edible.

      As always your pictures are awesome.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      wow...lesley

      this hub is precious in many ways...1. are the awesome clicks.

      2. the precious input about dandelion. many of those uses were new to me.

      you sure are gifted to treat your readers to something new and brilliant...thanks!

      voted up indeed!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rolly, many thanks for your coffee recipe, if ever I run out of the 'good stuff' I will give it a go!

      Thank you so much for your fabulous comments, have a great weekend, hugs back Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Beth, I too remember blowing the seeds as a child and even now when I was taking the photos, I couldn't resist it!

      Thank you for your great comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi tobusiness, I agree the dandelion is a versatile and underestimated plant!

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Lesley--I just loved this hub! You took the lowly dandelion and raised my level of awareness on all levels regarding its propensities. Thank you! Sharing this one!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mike, I use to make a lot of home made wine and Dandelion wine was my most successful - it's delicious! I will have to add a recipe...

      Many thanks for your comments, take care Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peg, thank you so much for your very kind comments, they are much appreciated!

      Have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Pamela, I am so pleased you enjoyed reading, thank you for your comments and votes!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nettlemere, many thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed the kaleidoscope pics!

      Have a fabulous weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wonderful and beautiful photo's and all the information.

      I remember blowing the seed head away when I was a kid.

      Voted up and awesome-beautiful, Joyce.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello tsmog, thank you for visiting and your lovely comment, it's always good to see you - I will look forward to hearing more from you!

      Take care my friend, Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Availiasvision, yes 5 miles it's quite amazing!

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, thank you for your comments.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jools, sweet memories - blowing the seeds to find out the time...

      I nearly didn't include the black and white photo, glad you liked it!

      Many thanks for your comments, votes and sharing it's much appreciated.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Victoria, thank you for your comments, I'm so pleased you liked the black & white and kaleidoscope photos!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Olde Cashmere, thank you for stopping by and your complimentary comments and votes, they are much appreciated.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Lucky Cats, thank you for stopping by and leaving your wonderful comments and votes, they are very much appreciated!

      Enjoy your weekend and take care, Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi RTalloni, as a child I remember spending many a happy hour blowing the seeds to tell the time - simple pleasures....

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruchira, thank you for stopping by and leaving your wonderful comments, they mean a great deal to me!

      Have a fabulous weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Vinaya, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading and have learnt some new uses for the dandelion too!

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Audrey, thank you for your comments and sharing, it's much appreciated, glad you enjoyed it!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Joyce, many thanks my friend for your comments and votes, your continued support means a great deal to me!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. I agree the dandelion is a wonder. Didn't know you could make soup but we have been eating all sorts of dandelion salads from the dandelion leaves that grow in our garden. Thank you for sharing and passing this on.

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      HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Amazing photos! I knew they were edible, but really never gave it a second look. Beautiful!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Gypsy Rose Lee, I haven't tried dandelion soup yet, but I use to make a lot of dandelion wine and that was delicious!

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      A fantastic hub as always and the photos are amazing! I also think dandelions are beautiful but why must I have so many of them in my garden:) Voted up, awesome, interesting. Kaleidoscope looks really funny too,

      Tina

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Movie Master. Great Hub. Who knew you could make tea and soup out of dandelions? Not me. The photos are just amazing, excellent job. I think we can all remember as kids blowing the puff ball and watching the seed fly away. As adults we just try and get rid of them from our yard? I will have a new perspective on the dandelion going forward. Maybe we'll even give one of the recipes a try. Thanks, very interesting.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      I LOVE dandelions - I already put the leaves in salads and use the flowers for tea (as well as the leaves). I'm going to try the dandelion soup, too. Omigosh - this is so exciting. I LOVE the pictures - the kaleidoscope pictures are dazzling and you gave me some great ideas! Thanks!!! Votes and shares!

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Ohh, terrific! The pictures are entrancing. Voted up and beautiful!

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Some people wouldn't even consider eating flowers! Did you also know that roses are edible, as well? Adding flower pedals to salads, deserts, or anything else may actually enhance the flavor of the food you wish to eat :) I might actually try eating dandelions within the week; I've ate roses before!

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is gorgeous. I also love dandelions and consider them valuable. Your artwork is unique and inspired. I thoroughly enjoyed this information and photo essay.

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      Wow, you've combined quite a few interesting elements into this hub from beautiful pictures to recipe to health benefits. Using it as a pregnancy test got to be the most interesting fact. I love the flowers and yes, I agree there's something magical about the white fluff on the dandelion head (or whatever you call it). Lovely and rated up.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I always look forward to reading your Hubs! I know I'll be rewarded with beautiful photos and an interesting article to go with it. This Hub is no exception. You took the lowly weed, the dandelion and turned it into a thing of beauty. You work miracles with the camera and Photoshop. I voted this UP, etc.etc.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, I always remember going out picking Dandelions when I was a child. I used to keep pet mice and this was the main part of their diet! lol! This was really interesting, and I loved the photos too, cheers nell

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      ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

      Thanks for the dandelion recipes. Will give at least one a try!

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      noenhulk 4 years ago

      awesome facts and pictures about these beautiful plants. I didn't know it until I came to read. Thanks for sharing. I vote this up.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      What a wonderful hub on the lowly dandelion. I remember blowing the puffs and imagining they were fairies. I love the way you compred it to the sun, moon and stars.

      Your Kaleidoscope are incredible. You have such a talent in photography, I am sure you could win competitions.

      Up and awesome

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      MM, you're a true artist. When is the coffee table book coming out? Up and awesome!

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      Melody Trent 4 years ago from United States

      A friend of mine has a friend who makes dandelion wine. I have not tried it, but my friend got me a bottle! I have no idea what to expect, so this should be fun!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the kaleidoscope pictures, Lesley! They're fascinating. Thanks for telling us how to create them. I love dandelions, and I've never considered them to be a weed. I like eating the leaves and I think the flowers are beautiful. Thank you for the recipes and for another very enjoyable hub.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi HawaiiHeart, many thanks for stopping by - glad you enjoyed reading!

      Have a great day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Tina, your comments made me smile, because I so agree with you - yes the dandelion seems quite beautiful, but it's still not welcome in our lawns!!

      Many thanks, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi bdegiulio, even now I can't resist blowing a puff ball!

      I have a new respect for the dandelion, but would still prefer it not to grow in my lawn!

      Thank you so much for reading and your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi cclitgirl, thank you for your wonderful comments and sharing - I love your enthusiasm! hope you enjoy the soup!

      Have a fabulous weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi theclevercat, thank you so much for visiting and your comments!

      Have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi KduBarry03, It's surprising how many flowers are edible, I must confess I have never tried any!

      Thank you for stopping by and your comments, they are much appreciated!

      Best wishes lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Hyphenbird, thank you so much for stopping by and your comments, they are much appreciated!

      I hope all is well with you, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi anginwu, many thanks for stopping by and your comments, glad you enjoyed reading!

      Enjoy your weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Mary, thank you for your very kind comments - they made my day!

      Take care and see you soon, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nell, this bought back some memories for you! thank you so much for reading and your comments!

      Have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi EHQ, thank you for stopping by - glad to hear you are giving a recipe a go, hope you enjoy it!

      Take care, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi noenhulk, many thanks for stopping by and your comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi rosemay, thank you for your wonderful comments and votes, your continued support and encouragement means a great deal to me!

      Have a fabulous weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Molly, a coffee table book - now that sounds interesting, maybe I should think about that a bit!

      Thank you so much for visiting and your comments, have a great day and see you soon, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi bedbugabscond, you will probably be plesantly surprised with your wine - I used to make a lot of home made wine and dandelion was the best - delicious!

      Many thanks for your comments, take care lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Alicia, thank you so much for stopping by and your wonderful comments, they are much appreciated!

      Glad you enjoyed the kaleidoscope pictures, they are fun to create!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Lesley,

      This piece is such an exquisite showcasing of your talent. The Kaleidoscope photography of the dandelion would be a perfect accompaniment to a holistic book of recipes such as those you have featured.

      Now, please excuse me, I have to go to the Lady's Room (LOL)!

      Voted UP & UABI... Hugs, Maria

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Maria, thank you for the your great comments, I like the idea of producing a book of recipes, I might just give it a go!

      I hope all is well with you, take care and hugs back Lesley

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      Donna Cosmato 4 years ago from USA

      This is totally awesome, Lesley! I love the kaleidoscope shots (how do you do all those wonderful FX), and I'll never look at those pesky yellow blooms with the same jaundiced eyes.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Donna - another new dandelion fan?!

      Thank you so much for your comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the kaleidoscope pics!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great beautiful hub. I love dandelions, but I never knew that we can cook them. Interesting dandelion facts. Loved the pictures. Great hub.

      Voted up.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Vellur, thank you for stopping by, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the pictures.

      Yes, it seems the dandelion is quite a versatile plant!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Wow! This is a wonderful hub! I wish I had the software to do this because it looks like so much fun! But if I did, I may never get any writing done. Those were so beautiful!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Cindy, the kaleidoscope effect is so much fun - I have to discipline myself otherwise I would be playing with this software all day!

      Many thanks for stopping by and your comments, have a fabulous day, best wishes Lesley

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      I loved dandelions as a child and couldn't understand how something so beautiful could be called a weed!

      This hub brought back the magical qualities of dandelions and those kaleidoscope images were so much fun to see.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

      Thanks for making me smile.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Gail, I agree the dandelion is a fascinating plant and the flower is far too pretty to be called a weed, it's a shame we consider it ugly growing in our lawn and paths!

      Many thanks for reading and your votes, glad you enjoyed it!

      Best wishes and take care, Lesley

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      snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      amazing dandelions! very beautiful pictures. I never seen dandelions before but if I saw one, i'm gonna make a wish!

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      PADDYBOY60 4 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Howdy MM- Thanks for this great hub. We need to get back to nature. We are getting hooked on synthetic products that are harmful to our health. I know there are many things you can use this plant for. Wine, food for animals, as well as us. My Bearded Dragon will eat the leaves as well as the flowers. My horses loved it. I could go on and on. But I won't :)

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi snowdrops, thanks for dropping by - now if you see a puffball don't forget to make that wish!

      Take care, best wishes lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Paddyboy, many thanks for stopping by, you always brighten my day - hope everything is good with you, I miss your writing....

      Yes, the dandelion is good for plenty of things, top of the list for me would be 'wine' I've made some excellent brew in the past!

      Take care, best wishes Lesley

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Lesley,

      I know that the dandelion has many uses and health benefits but that was not always the case. I remember when I was a young, a lady use to come in our yard and pick the dandelion leaves. My sister and I thought she was weird.

      Love your pictures. The Kaleidoscope Dandelions are amazing.

      Voted up and away

      Best Wishes

      Sue

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Wow! How interesting! And the most clear and beautiful pictures. I am in awe!

      Voted up, pinned and shared!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sue, it's good to see you, hope all is well with you - I can understand you and your sister thinking the lady picking dandelion leaves was weird!!

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed the picture, many thanks for your votes, have a good week, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Martie, thanks for stopping by and leaving such wonderful comments, votes and sharing! it's much appreciated, glad you enjoyed reading.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I can't believe that a beautiful motif of the top picture came from the flowers. But after I scrolled down my mouse, I found another beautiful formation from dandelion. Thanks for share with us. Rated up and pressing all buttons, except funny. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi prasetio, thank you for visiting and your wonderful comments and votes, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading.

      Enjoy your week, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      MM, voted up and all across but funny. Very interesting article my friend. I never realized that there were so many uses for them. I remember being young and blowing them all the time. It is truly awesome that they can fly 5 miles away. Interesting facts, beautiful pictures, and a great article Lesley. Hope all is well. Take care.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ricky, many thanks for stopping by, your comments and votes are always much appreciated, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, take care and see you soon, best wishes Lesley

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      Derdriu 4 years ago

      Lesley, What an amazing, gorgeous, informative description of the beautiful uses of dandelions! In particular, I love your ever-excellent photography as well as your reader-friendly text. Additionally, I appreciate the recipes, especially the soup.

      Up + UFABI.

      Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing, Derdriu

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Derdriu, thank you for visiting and your complimentary comments and votes, I am so pleased you enjoyed reading.

      Take care and best wishes, Lesley

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a wonderful hub! I can't believe I had missed it! I have always thought the dandelion made a pretty little wild flower. As a kid, I loved to blow on them and make a wish! You dandelion "art" is spectacular, I love it! Wonderful hub, once again! Voted up and interesting. Have a great day! :)

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Fabulous Pictures MM...and the Recipes...who knew that there were so many Wonderful things that could be done with Dandelions! I want to try the Soup! My Votes all of them go to you!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sheila, even now I can't resist blowing the seeds!

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, many thanks for your comments and votes, have a wonderful weekend and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi b.Malin, it seems the dandelion is far more than just a weed - hope you try the soup!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, have a great weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a delightful hub, Lesley. This is so informative and artistic. Only you would take a dandelion and create art out of it. I am so impressed with your creativity and uniqueness. I love how you see the world.

      I like the dandelion recipes. My great-grandmother, originally from Italy, of course, made dandelion wine. lol It actually was quite good. So I have been aware that the dandelion was more than a weedy flower to get rid of. Thanks for a creative, informative, and artistic hub. Voted up, beautiful and awesome!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi suzette, I use to make a lot of dandelion wine, I can recommend it - so I expect your great-grandmother use to brew some good stuff!

      Thank you so much for your fabulous comments, they have made my day! enjoy yours, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is a beautiful Hub about dandelions. I only recently discovered the great health benefits dandies have. The kaleidoscopic pics are awesome!

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      Hi rebecca, thank you so much for visiting and your wonderful comments, glad you enjoyed the pics!

      Best wishes, Lesley

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Don't know how I missed this hub. Beautiful pictures. I have also been out in the yard taking pictures of the dandelions I think they are so pretty. Great Up Vote up.

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      Hi moonlake, I agree - dandelions are pretty and a great flower to photograph, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, many thanks for your votes!

      Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Annie Fenn 4 years ago from Australia

      Oh my goodness, I will never take dandelions for granted, ever again. So versatile, so interesting and the beautiful Kaleidoscope Dandelions - spectacular!!! Just love your prespective on Dandelions Lesley, thank you so much for cheering my day with this amazing hub!! My votes and best wishes to you, my dear friend and sharing!!!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Annie, I really enjoyed photographing the dandelions and writing the hub - the dandelion is the most versatile weed I know!! I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading and liked the kaleidoscope pics!

      Many thanks for your votes and sharing, sending love and hugs to my dear friend, Lesley x

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Leslie, I just had to come back here and THANK YOU. You had me so intrigued with the kaleidoscope thing that I went exploring. I have the program GIMP on my computer. Because I went exploring, I discovered fractal art. I am an artist in my other life. Now, I'm going to explore fractal art as my medium. I'm that inspired. And it all started because of this hub. So, THANK YOU. :D

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Cindy, thank you for returning with your thanks, I am so pleased you are inspired, I hope we see some of your work!

      Take care and enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      The article is so interesting, and the kaleidoscope pics are beautiful! You've told me a lot about dandelions I didn't know, and it's good they have practical uses. This hub is a great reminder that beauty can be found in the most mundane objects if the viewer looks at them with that thought in mind...even a "lowly" weed! In fact, I have some growing on my lawn right now.

      Jaye

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Jaye, yes it would be so easy to walk past a dandelion and not give it a second look or thought!

      It is a beautiful flower - worthy of more attention!

      Thank you for reading and your lovely comments, they are much appreciated.

      Take care, enjoy your day and best wishes Lesley

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      Saadia A 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos and really very interesting facts about Dandelions.I also loved to play and blow away the dandelion seed flowers when i was a kid.This activity kept me busy for quite some time then though :)

      I wasn't aware about the Dandelion recipes by the way.So thank you for sharing such an interesting side of Dandelions.

      My vote up and awesome for your this Hub.

      Best wishes !!!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You've certainly brought magnificent beauty to the dandelion. I remember as a child picking these for my grandmother. So many people only look at these as weeds. I never knew that you could eat them.

      Fantastic hub and gorgeous pictures!

      Hitting all the buttons except funny.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi learner365, when I met my grandaughter from school today, the first thing she did was pick a dandelion seed head for us both to blow and make a wish! it's great to know that kids still get pleasure from them!

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, many thanks for your comments and votes!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Susan, not only is the dandelion a pretty flower, it's pretty useful too! I wonder what your grandmother used them for?!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lesley, I would pick them for her and make her a flower bouquet :) She loved them.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Susan, how lovely.....

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      dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Great article, I have eaten the flowers fried, they taste similar to mushrooms, though some of them can be quite bitter. I voted this up and all but funny.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi dmop, fried flowers - now that's a new one on me, I'm curious to how they'll taste, if they are like mushrooms that sounds good, I shall have to try!

      Many thanks for your visit and votes, it's much appreciated.

      Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      Kamalesh050 4 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Brilliant photos Lesley, absolutely Splendid. Do you take part in photography competitions? If not you should. God has given you so much talent my friend. You are just Great!

      Enjoyed the hub very much. Voted Up & Awesome!Trust things are all well.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Kamalesh, your visit has made my day! I hope all is well with you and you got my email.

      I have never had the confidence to enter any competitions, maybe I should think about it now, thank you for your continued support, enouragement and friendship, best wishes Lesley

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      daisyjae 4 years ago from Canada

      Interesting hub and I love the pictures. I actually like dandelion flowers, but right now I am looking out my window at big dandelion stems with all of their little seeds blown off. Not pretty.

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      Kamalesh050 4 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      You are welcome Lesley. I do think it would be a good idea for you to enter competitions, exhibitions and the like simply because your quality of work is of very high standard my dear. Give this matter a serious thought.

      Now regarding your email, Lesley I am sorry I haven't received. Can you resend the mail please!

      Best Wishes, Kamalesh

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi daisyjae, I agree the dandelion flower is so pretty, bright and cheerful - but once those seeds have blown away that seedhead is so ugly!

      Many thanks for stopping by and your comments, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Kamalesh, thank you for your confidence in my photographic ability! I will give it some thought for sure.

      I will email you again.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I've always loved dandelions. I think a yard full of dandelions are always the prettiest yards. I realize most people don't feel that way, but I've never understand how others do not see the beauty in it. To me, a dandelion will always be a flower. :-) Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Lesley,

      As always, your photography and Photoshop work is amazing. Thanks for publishing this very interesting article. I've always loved the bright yellow dandelion flower, but the seed heads are another story.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      This is an a really nice hub. It is well laid out and detailed. I drink dandelion tea every now and then. I would drink it more often, but it is a bit bitter, so I tend to mix it with other teas. However, I like eating dandelion greens. They taste pretty good. But as much as they are helpful, I still see them as a nuisance in the yard sometimes. But maybe I should try to work with them more!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      This is stunning. The way you've combined detail with design is truly amazing. The Dandelion facts are useful but what really raises the bar is your picture assortment and your design work - outstanding!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jeannie, I agree - I think the dandelion is a beautiful flower, I love the bright yellow and the shape of the petals and there is so much beauty in the seed head!

      Many thanks for your great comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Daisy, thank you for stopping by and your complimentary comments!

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Stephanie, yes the leaves are nice in a salad - all in all the dandelion is a very versatile weed!

      Many thanks for your comments, enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Docmo, many thanks for stopping by and your great comments, glad you enjoyed the additional design work, I think I may do more of it!

      Enjoy your day, take care Lesley

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      Oh MY GOD! Where has this hub been all my life! MM I may very well start stalking your hubs now! :)

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi QudsiaP1, what a lovely compliment!

      Thank you so much - best wishes Lesley

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      kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      What a beautiful and fun hub! I am happy I came across it. I love photography, but in this case I really loved the kaleidoscope effect. I was even thinking - maybe I should learn any of those software if it is such fun?

      I have always known about dandelion being a medicinal plant, and I believe my mother made me eat something made with it once or twice.... even though I think we went more for nettle or other thing (sorrel? dock?)...

      but what I remember is that we liked making crowns out of dandelions - the crowns looked beautiful and the hands looked very dirty!!!

      With all the different experiences (from around the world) and different perspectives - I could not but agree

      Dandelions are Fascinating!

      Thank you very much for your hub. It was a pleasure.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi kallini, I am so pleased you have enjoyed the hub - the kaleidoscope effect is great fun, I can't resist playing with it - it does seem to work best on the dandelion!

      I bet your crowns were beautiful, the dandelion flower is quite dazzling, shame about the dirty hands:-)

      Many thanks for your great comments, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I guess I'll have to look at dandelions in a whole new light. Your photos are actually breathtaking with such minute detail and the kaleidoscope effect is really interesting.

      You have so much beneficial information and you added recipes besides, what more could we ask for?

      Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I simply love this hub! I have always loved dandelions. Use to play with them as a child and learn to utulize them as an adult. Beautifully executed MM! Thumbs up and shared! :) Lisa

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      brenda12lynette 4 years ago from Utah

      This was so useful! My husband killed all the dandelion this year but I'm going to plant some in my garden next year. Voted up!!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi tillsontitan, I enjoyed putting this article together - thank you for your great comments and votes, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading!

      Best wishes lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Lisa, many thanks for stopping by and your great comments - they are much appreciated, have a fabulous day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Brenda, dandelions do have a tendency to grow where they are not wanted! I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, many thanks for your votes.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      After reading cclitgirl's new hub on fractal imagery, I came upon this hub of yours. Your hub on dandelion is informative filled with pretty photos, interesting facts, healthy recipes and a set of amazing pictures created by you! An engaging read! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome, Beautiful & Interesting. Voted up

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi ishwaryaa22, thank you for visiting - I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading!

      Many thanks for your wonderful comments and votes, they are much appreciated.

      Enjoy your day, best wishes lesley

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Wow, What a truly magnificent idea! I did read cclitgirl's hub too which was fantastic and a great tribute to your beautiful work. You are so talented, I love what you do with the lens and some digital software.This hub has everything - interesting info, great photos and even recipes! Congrats on a stunning look at a much dreaded "weed" for many! Definitely will have to look at the ways you have created such fab images. Voted across the board and sharing :)

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      Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Insights insights. Who'd have thought the lowly dandelion could be taken to such heights!

      Terrific images that reflect the miraculous design of this common or garden weed - weed? I think not. More like a little sun god. When I see lots of dandelions together opening their yellows to the light I see radiance, pure and simple.

      Thanks for this hub.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Suzie, thank you for stopping by and your comments - cclitgirl's hub is fantastic, she has now inspired me!

      I'm so pleased you have enjoyed reading and many thanks for the votes and share.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi chef-de-jour, I agree the dandelion flower is stunning, far too beautiful and versatile to be called a weed!

      Thank you for stopping by and your comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi Lesley, lovely article, as usual, full of interesting facts and beautiful photos. I found the kaleidoscope images really awesome!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting, also shared all over. Have a good day!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Joan, I enjoy playing with the kaleidoscope effect, it's quite addictive!

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, many thanks for your comments, votes and share, it's much appreciated.

      Have a wonderful day, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      This was a delightful and informative hub. Will have to try that dandelion soup...I have made the tea and even chewed on the young leaves in my yard. The third lacy kaleidoscope was my favorite pick. Thank you for sharing info, recipes and fun!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi frogyfish, thank you so much for reading and your great comments, they are much appreciated.

      Take care and enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      Lesley, Your dandelion kaleidoscope images are wonderful, so is the entire page. I've always felt that dandelions are under-appreciated. Where I live people go to extremes to be rid of them, which doesn't make any sense to me when they are so beneficial. Thank you for revealing the humble dandelion in all its glory. Happy New Year Lesley!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi snakeslane, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the images, I agree the dandelion is so under appreciated!

      Many thanks for visiting, wishing you a very Happy New Year!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Ausseye 4 years ago

      Hi MasterMovie: You have just put a very good case to make weed legal….so so so many good properties. Mind you it should all be confined to the old country where they can deal with it…give the convicts something to smile about…by the gram. No seriously the imagination was fired up by your defence of a old weed , left me wanting to cook up a storm. Love the pharmacological value of life you gave this hub….left me pregnant with admiration ….sorry just had a great time with a bub who was adorable ….hate to say it just like this hub. You made my garden proud to support more weeds, small people who hold some of the worlds answers about the universe. Yep I’m a pain about to be healed by a weed. Love your hub!!!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ausseye, thank you for visiting and your comments, glad you enjoyed the hub!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Ausseye 4 years ago

      Hi Movie Chaplin: On a more humble note I am in aware of the many plants that make this planet revolve and reveal a little light, meaning the sun is indeed a powerful source of energy. Discovered this fact by my much better half being a pharmacologist who was privileged to get access to old aboriginal plants that had some myth of mystical curing properties, and on investigation they turn out to contain some very real active ingredients that very whowwwww to drug companies looking for a new drug humans could use to their advantage…seems the sun is smiling our way and giving us a wink, huuuum do you know !!!!!!! Your hub carried a bit of sun and its warmth.

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      victoria 4 years ago from Hamilton On.

      Hi Movie Master! Loved your hub.

      I've always used dandelions in salads,and now I will try some other recipes.

      My kids used to pick them and present them to me when they were little. So yes,they have multi-purposes.

      I live in a condo now, and the grounds are regularly sprayed so I grow mine in pots on my veranda.

      Thanks for the beautiful pictures!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi baygirl33, thank you for visiting, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, thank you for your comments they are much appreciated.

      Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      Leslie A. Shields 3 years ago from Georgia

      I am doing a short article on Dandelions and when I Googled "What are dandelion puffs called?" I am glad to say that your hub came up on the first search page.... Hooray for you!!! I love to see fellow Hubbers come up in the search engines.... Oh, I love the hub and got the information I needed..... God bless you and thanks

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      Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Leslie, it's always great to find your hubs are coming up on searches!! Glad you enjoyed the hub and found it useful, I will be looking out for your article!

      Have a wonderful day and happy New Year to you.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Just beautiful!!

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      M K Paul 3 years ago from India

      Wonderful :)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      What a fantastic hub, such a creative look at a flower who holds as much beauty, maybe more, than the flower next door. Jamie

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      Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Audrey!

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      Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello M K Paul, glad you enjoyed, thank you for visiting.

      Have a fabulous day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Jamie, yes I think the Dandelion is a very underestimated flower, I am now quite a fan!

      Thank you for visiting, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I still think of a dandelion as a weed but it would be darned useful during a Zombie Apocalypse and I like your dandelion fractal

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      Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi poetryman, your visit and comments are much appreciated, nice to see you!

      Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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