One of my favourite things to photograph is a dandelion that has gone to seed.

I usually get as close as I can or attach my phone macro lens (which was the case with my feature photo).

I tried editing with curves and experimented with some filters, but decided to stick with the photo as shot, except for optimal sizing for WordPress.

I have two dear friends who, even now in their retirement, refer to themselves as military brats. Apparently it’s a common and endearing term used by members of various forces worldwide, to refer to the children of military personnel. Their emblem is the dandelion.

“Military children bloom everywhere the winds carry them. They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the Army … planted swiftly and securely. They’re ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands, and new friends.”