Friday flowers…prickly

Posted: November 10, 2017 in flowers
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Although this might not be what you think of when you think of flowers, thistles are flowering plants.  Providing nectar for some insects and butterflies, they also furnish food for one of my favorite birds, the goldfinch. I love the purple topknot that looks like a funky little hat.

© janet m. webb

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Comments
  1. pommepal says:

    Nicely focused, very sharp

  2. I love thistles too at a distance. There are some great ones here so perhaps you will inspire me to use my photos of some of them!

  3. joey says:

    I love thistles. I think they’re highly unappreciated, and it’s nice to see them represented here 🙂

  4. When we lived in the Midwest, we had many deadly but gorgeous thistles. Up here, I can’t remember that I’ve ever seen one. Great photo. 🙂

  5. Most thistles are hated here by the farmers, but this year I saw beautiful ones like yours and the butterflies really seem to love them. I love how similar to artichoke flowers they are.

    • Madison, you hit on something I always think about when I see thistles: what if they were all artichokes??? What a delicious place the world would be then!! Goldfinch like the seeds, too, but thistles are SO invasive and sharp.

      janet

  6. Kelly MacKay says:

    I also think they are lovely.

  7. Beautifully captured, Janet. I love the colour of the topknot. 🙂

  8. This is so well isolated! I love it, and thistle, and teasel in all its forms and seasons. 🙂

  9. Leya says:

    I love them too – it is the mix of pricks, intense colour and the soft “hat”.

  10. Tina Schell says:

    That’s a beauty Janet – love to photography thistle, such a pretty, if prickly thing!

  11. happyface313 says:

    🙂 They’re so pretty. I love their purple bloom.
    Have a very HAPPY weekend! 🙂

  12. I love the Artichoke branch of the thistle family and the flowers on the whole clan.
    Ω.

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