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photoblog image Tales from My Garden: Dent-De-Lion.  A Lion's Tooth

Tales from My Garden: Dent-De-Lion. A Lion's Tooth

Tales from My Garden: Dent-De-Lion. A Lion's Tooth

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  • Martin
  • United States
  • 9 May 2008, 00:29
Excellent detail and tones. This is very nice!
vz-nostalgia: If you think I'm going to argue, Martin, you're mistaken. smile
Beautiful detail!

Judicious DOF.
vz-nostalgia: Appreciate your appreciation of this shot, Remi.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 May 2008, 07:52
The lion's dents are dented smile Great to make a full frame b&w
vz-nostalgia: You got it, Louis. I knew someone would get the play of words and the irony of the image. smile
Interesting choice of DOF. Nice pic
vz-nostalgia: Ms. Chichi... dear... So nice to hear from you. smile
This is superb and delicate. I appreciate the words play!
In french they are called "pissenlit" (peeing in bed)
vz-nostalgia: Good deal, Richard. You got it too. I am complitely puzzled with the origin of the "pissenlit". Have any idea?
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 May 2008, 12:22
"Löwenzahn" (germ.), but this "lion" is so gentle, so smooth
"hauchzart" like a poem) and softly curled, almost 'tooth'-less, so that nobody ever should be afraid of being hurt by 'him'. But I'm not sure if the "Lion's Tooth" is the same flower as the "dandelion" (so translated in my dictionary), for when hearing this term I first remind of the yellow leaves and -in a later phase- the blow-flower (Pusteblume- oh, lovely childhood-remembrances!)of this plant!
In German literature we have wonderful poems over the this poetical flower!

Simple and fresh and fair from winter's close emerging,
As if no artifice of fashion, business, politics, had ever been,
Forth from its sunny nook of shelter'd grass--innocent, golden, calm as the dawn,
The spring's first dandelion shows its trustful face.

From “Leaves of Grass," by Walt Whitman
vz-nostalgia: A gentle, smooth and toothless lion? There is no such thing. Only in your rich imagination, Ms. Philine. smile
Here's how my dictionary explains the history of the word "dandelion":
WORD HISTORY: Dentdelioun, the Middle English form of dandelion, makes it easy to see that our word is a borrowing of Old French dentdelion, literally, “tooth of the lion,” referring to the sharply indented leaves of the plant. Modern French dent-de-lion, unlike Modern English dandelion, reveals to anyone who knows French what the components of the word are. The English spelling, on the other hand, reflects the pronunciation of the Old French word at the time it was borrowed into English. For example, the t in dentdelion probably disappeared early in Old French, having been absorbed into the related sound of the d. The earliest recorded instance of the word occurs in a herbal written in 1373, but we find an instance of dandelion used in a proper name (Willelmus Dawndelyon) in a document dated 1363.

I love Whitman.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 May 2008, 13:05
Die weiße Kugel des Löwenzahns
hat winzige Zähne aus Hauch.
Vielfach versponnen
locker geschlossen;
die spinnfeinen Fäden
bleiben zusammen
in ihrem duftigen
Bau aus FĂĽhlern.
Ordnung und Luft.
Wenn der Wind nicht in sie fährt,
bleibt die empfindlichste Blume unvermehrt.

Rose Ausländer
Kathryn alone is qualified to translate this beautiful poem.
vz-nostalgia: Well, per your wish let's wait till Kathryn is back. smile
  • mal
  • 9 May 2008, 15:27
that's cool Z. mal
vz-nostalgia: some like it hot, Mal smile
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 May 2008, 15:57
Wonderful shot, especially love the use of black and white
vz-nostalgia: I usually do the conversion, if I feel I will gain something from it.
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 9 May 2008, 18:59
Beautifully done.
vz-nostalgia: Have to agree with you, Ian. smile
I like this very much. A superb rendition of very common or garden plant.
vz-nostalgia: Very common is a key word here, Bill. If I don't mow my lawn for a couple weeks, I'll have a field of these on my front yard. smile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 May 2008, 19:35
This is a very beautiful and delicate image. Is it a dandelion? If so, it looks nothing like any one I have seen. A bit different from my scabby dandelion of today!
vz-nostalgia: Hahaha. They all are God's creations, Ms. Ingrid. And God wouldn't want to create an ugly flower, wouldn't he?
  • Kelly Henry
  • Switzerland
  • 9 May 2008, 21:50
It is Beautiful! I love that you chose to clarify the intricate pieces.
vz-nostalgia: Sometimes less is more, Ms. Kelly.
  • Ellie
  • here
  • 9 May 2008, 22:18
Gosh, what a picture! Amazing detail.
vz-nostalgia: You're kind of early today, Ms. Ellie. Usually, your comments arrive way after midnight. smile
Exquisit Viktor: fabulous DOF
vz-nostalgia: My great pleasure, Chris.
  • France
  • France, Bordeaux
  • 10 May 2008, 08:28
That's what lion's tooth look like ? ... mmmmm .... last time, I meet one, it seems less romantic smile I prefer yours (not your tooth ... ppfff ... the flower !) smilesmile

Kiss from France coming back home in fine fettle
vz-nostalgia: Welcome back, Ms. France.
Who knows more about lion's teeth, but Lioness herself! I'm sure you still have lion's teeth marks on your graceful neck. smile
Could you take a picture of a French dandelion for me, please?
  • Blackdog
  • Home Sweet Home
  • 10 May 2008, 19:28
The origin of the modern french nickname probably comes from the leaves properties as a diuretic ;o)

Very delicate shot Viktor - the light complimentimenting the shallow depth perfectly ;o)
vz-nostalgia: Diuretic? The dandelion leaves are used here to aid the digestive system. I'm sure somewhere in the world folks use it as an aphrodisiak. smile What a plant!
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 May 2008, 04:29
Weeds can be such exquisite plants...they should whip the hat around, and engage you as their PR guy, VZ.
vz-nostalgia: As long as they pay, I don't mind, Ray. smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal (lisbon)
  • 12 May 2008, 20:18
Glad you've break the mistery...or else I'll be thinking this was a nursery for baby scissors smile
I never paid attention enough to discover this kind of details in a lion's tooth, and it's a fantastic surprise to discover them through your eyes...(oh well I knew there was a reason for keep coming back gringrin)
vz-nostalgia: A nursery for baby scissors! I like your analogy, Ms. Reis.
I'm so glad you have the reason for coming back. smile
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 12 May 2008, 22:11
Very fun! I love that the center seems buried in the soft outside.
vz-nostalgia: that's what an extreme depth of field can do to the image, Ms. Jewlya. smile
  • aksel
  • work
  • 13 May 2008, 12:17
I like the one "thingi" - not sure what you call it in English, sorry - that is clinging to another. It can be perfect without perfection...not sure if that makes any sense... grin
vz-nostalgia: You puzzled me from both sides, Aksel. I'm squeezed in between the "thingi...that is clinging to another" and the "perfect without perfection" without any clue. smile
Nice flower, can you send one over please?
vz-nostalgia: Think twice before you ask, Nig. It will spread through the old kingdom like a wild fire. smile
Lion's teeth? More like pince nez. Again, a beautiful shot.
vz-nostalgia: Pince-nez! Holy smokes. I already have "baby scissors" here. Truly, our imagination has no boundaries. smile
  • France
  • Bordeaux, France
  • 18 May 2008, 08:44
When I saw french dandelion, I'll take it ... promis
vz-nostalgia: Good deal.
  • doskanova
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 May 2008, 14:37
It surprisingly and mysteriously
vz-nostalgia: Did I mysteriously surprise you, Ms. Doskanova?
  • Still
  • France
  • 28 May 2008, 19:51
So delicate...
vz-nostalgia: Beacause it is, Still. smile
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