Somewhat ravaged Dandelion catching the morning light in perfunctory flower bed outside a shopping mall.

Of course we’re a Green city!  Actually I’m doing Bristol a disservice as it does have some nice green bits, and anyone really wanting to see flowers is not in any case going to go looking for them in shopping mall flower beds, are they?!

And some of you may point out that Dandelions are in any case weeds – but, although not being any great Green/botanical activist, weed is a term that I simply do not subscribe to.  The fact that something is growing where we have decreed that it is not allowed cannot in any way lessen that something’s status as a living organism.  Plants are plants are plants, period.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 250mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; The Galleries shopping mall, central Bristol; 7 July 2017.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. manisha says:

    Lovely Post !!


  2. bluebrightly says:

    The word “weed” does have a lot of judgement attached to it…and I’m sure you know that the definition is any plant not growing where it “should” be growing. You can really open up a philosophical can of worms with that subject. I like your dandelion in the dark so much, and all the better since it found its way into a mall flower box. Beautiful light on those fancyfancy leaves!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Love the word “should” in such a context as this, not least because it leads to those delightful souls who appoint themselves arbiters in such matters. Am I an anarchist? No, not really, but I do have a lot, a vast lot, of time for the Pagan “Do what you like, but harm no one”. Can of worms, hahaha!, well let’s open it then – maybe there’ll be some Dandelions in there too – they get just everywhere!!! 😉

      Glad you like the pic, thank you, Lynn. And I hadn’t thought about this unwanted alien having found its way into a mall flower bed – and I feel all the better for that thought!!! 😀

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  3. paula graham says:

    Some men’s weeds are another’s flowers and source of food! Good shot.


  4. I never understood the dislike for dandelions. When they’re puffy they are available for wishing on and who can’t do with a wish or two. And when they’re yellow, they are so bright and beautiful. That color of sunshine and bright smiles. And tea! They give you an elixir for the grumblies in the tummy. Let’s show a little appreciation. 😉

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Absolutely, ATP!!! In two ways, that is. First, I agree with you absolutely. And second, your words in this comment are, somehow, very you; almost philosophical in a way, and with an appreciation of simple things that many of us can learn from. I particularly like ” That color of sunshine and bright smiles” – absolutely! ATP xxxXXX

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