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Great Globe Thistle/Blue Thistle

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 10 July 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Great globe thistle/blue thistle is a garden work horse thriving in many different climates and in just about any soil. This perennial starts with spiny-edged leaves that are white and woolly underneath, and flowers reliably in mid-summer, turning this green orb into an intensely blue, globe-shaped flower. The thistle grows two to five feet tall and almost as wide. Because it is showy and offers accessible nectar, female bees seek exclusively for food for their larvae as well as for themselves, sweeping up the abundant pollen with their abdominal brushes as they feast without effort.

Given my previous experience photographing this thistle, it will be three weeks until it blooms (end of July).

Photo captured July 8, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/5.3 ISO 200 112 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Lovely frame

10 Jul 2012 7:17am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Perfect Steve :-)

10 Jul 2012 9:20am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Magnificent photo, could not be any better, beautiful !~

10 Jul 2012 10:12am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wonderful framing ! Superb !

10 Jul 2012 10:54am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

I'd never heard of this type of plant before. Grows in pretty much anything, eh? Maybe I ought to plant some. :-) Really though, this is a fantastic shot - the detail you've captured is superb!

10 Jul 2012 11:05am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Just perfect! Superb details and beautiful colours!

10 Jul 2012 11:52am

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

How wonderful ... and now I'll be holding my breath until I can see it in full bloom and color.

Ahh, I remember capturing these at the time of our granddaughter's graduation from Georgetown, here,! and here.

10 Jul 2012 2:01pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Actually, that's the purple onion flower.

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

Oops, my second link is incorrect ... anyway, it's the following day.

10 Jul 2012 2:02pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Made the correction! :-)

Antoine from France

It's a great composition with an excellent lighting. I like it. Have a lovely afternoon Steven. Amicably Antoine.

10 Jul 2012 4:00pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A magnificent write up too, Steven...I love thistles too, but must admit I dod not know all there is to know...This one here also somewhat reminds me of Oscar the Grouch :-) Love it!

10 Jul 2012 4:17pm

@Denny Jump Photo: I can see the resemblance! I'll have to see if I can do some "photoshopping" and post something for Silly Tuesday. :-)

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Fabulous post. The image is wonderfully alive.

10 Jul 2012 4:49pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria


10 Jul 2012 5:38pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wow, really beautiful before the bloom ~ beautiful background too!

10 Jul 2012 6:03pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Fabulous shot. I love this!

10 Jul 2012 6:50pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

A very beautiful microphone!-

10 Jul 2012 7:03pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Beautiful shot of this interesting "globe" !!!

10 Jul 2012 7:29pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & so beautiful!

10 Jul 2012 7:44pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I love this! It has wonderful shape and detail!

10 Jul 2012 8:29pm

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

a perfect globe... great find and great shot...

10 Jul 2012 9:49pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

This really is a stunner, love the detail

10 Jul 2012 10:13pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice. well done

10 Jul 2012 10:43pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful detail.

10 Jul 2012 11:35pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic image! I have never seen one of these and at 5 feet tall I know I would have remembered it! Interesting information.

11 Jul 2012 1:10am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Thistles are so beautiful. This is a terrific shot.

11 Jul 2012 3:20am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

The beautiful lighting and background colors make this look so soft...I'd love to see it again when it blooms!

11 Jul 2012 5:56am

franz from Baden, Austria

wonderfully sharp and clear, with excellent dof and bokeh !

16 Jul 2012 6:13pm

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

Thanks, Steven, for the correction on my flower ID ... so close, but so far! ;D

20 Jul 2012 8:52pm