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Musk Thistle #2

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 2 July 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Bracts that once completely surrounded and protected the flower of this musk thistle (as seen in last Friday's post) begin to invert themselves revealing the flowering bloom.

Musk thistle or nodding thistle (Carduus nutans) belongs to the sunflower family (Asteraceae). This species is a biennial generally requiring two years to complete its life cycle. These flowers are native to Europe and Asia, but are now a common agricultural pest throughout the United States and much of southern Canada. Musk thistle was introduced to North America in 1853. Throughout most of its range musk thistle is considered a noxious weed, but is sometimes cultivated in gardens for its showy flowers.

Captured at Illinois Beach State Park on June 9, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/7.1 ISO 100 63 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Stunning! Wow, this is nice.

2 Jul 2012 5:04am

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

very pretty this flower, seems like a shag carpet on top...

2 Jul 2012 5:06am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
so beautiful colors!

2 Jul 2012 5:57am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Very vibrant and tack sharp!

2 Jul 2012 6:39am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Now that's a new hairstyle of the day :)

2 Jul 2012 8:24am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A purple crown - amazing shot full of beautiful detail.

2 Jul 2012 9:52am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Such a beautiful photo, yet wise to keep your distance, superb hot colours !~

2 Jul 2012 10:47am

Laurette from Fourways - Johannesburg, South Africa

A wonderful closeup of this marvelous flower. Beautiful detail and colours.

2 Jul 2012 10:49am

Yonatan from New York, United States

Very nice macro with great DOF.

2 Jul 2012 11:00am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

extraordinary colours!! great capture!

2 Jul 2012 11:05am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, what a crazy but beautiful looking thistle. The colors you captured here are magnificent, Steven!

2 Jul 2012 11:14am

Arash from Brisbane, Australia

Terrific shot with good bright colour. :-)

2 Jul 2012 11:32am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful colours and details!

2 Jul 2012 12:53pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

great focus and details

2 Jul 2012 12:58pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Wonderful shot with terrific detail!

2 Jul 2012 2:56pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

stunning details, light and colours

2 Jul 2012 3:35pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

What a stunner, nice one

2 Jul 2012 7:28pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Exquisite color and detail. Lovely bokeh.

2 Jul 2012 7:41pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A fantastically focused detail extravaganza!

2 Jul 2012 9:45pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

ooh, so beautiful. Love the color of this plant.

2 Jul 2012 10:03pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

exquisite. dynamite processing

2 Jul 2012 10:19pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

One of my favorite shots! This gorgeous how you show the layers and shape!

2 Jul 2012 10:47pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful and unique flower ... gorgeous colors and light!

2 Jul 2012 11:37pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous color and detail! Who would have thought that a agricultural pest could be so beautiful!

3 Jul 2012 12:56am

ks from Kanagawa, Japan

so beautiful.

3 Jul 2012 1:58am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Wow, we used to call these "sticker-bushes" but you are making them look beautiful! Well done -

3 Jul 2012 3:33am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

So beautiful and clear Steven...A magnificent one here. A nice "do" too, don't you think ?

3 Jul 2012 2:19pm

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