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Great Globe Thistle/Blue Thistle's Bloom

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 20 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 its green orb into this 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.

Here is the same thistle I photographed on July 8, 2012 before it bloomed. Based on previous experience photographing this thistle, I thought it wouldn't be until the end of July that this thistle would bloom. But perhaps the dreaded heat we've been experiencing this summer changed that estimated timeline?

Photo captured July 17, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 400 98 mm

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MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful color and depth! I think the extreme heat this year has sped up the entire process - when things bloom, they bloom early and quickly.

20 Jul 2012 5:10am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Wow, this flower never was photographed better, very beautiful !~

20 Jul 2012 5:19am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

I agree with Phil. I see dancers here, linking hands and spinning in their glory !! Bravo !!

20 Jul 2012 7:08am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Extremely beautiful capture and I love the green background

20 Jul 2012 8:25am

tataray from france, France

Ohhhh Magnifique, que de beaux détails dans cette forme et couleurs.
Une merveille.))

20 Jul 2012 8:32am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Corking good shot, it has a great flower although I wouldn't want a garden full of them.

20 Jul 2012 8:34am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, it's like some crazy alien world! What a fantastic shot, Steven. 5*

20 Jul 2012 11:11am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOW! WOW! I love this image. The color is stunning and the shapes and texture amazing.

20 Jul 2012 12:04pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A sublime fireworks of petals! Beautiful shot, Steven.

20 Jul 2012 12:14pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow... Beautiful claruty, details, sharpness and colors here.... A great macro ! Have a nice weekend :)

20 Jul 2012 12:18pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wow - dazzling orb indeed! Interesting contrast with your previous shot.

20 Jul 2012 1:21pm

Antoine from France

Superb photo and a great macro. The color is stunning. I love this image. Excellent work Steven. Have a lovely afternoon. Amicably Antoine.

20 Jul 2012 2:04pm

Anna de Vries from somewhere on Mother Earth, Netherlands

Wow I love this, Steven!
Stunning colors...

20 Jul 2012 2:49pm

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

beautiful, like a bouquet de fleurs...

20 Jul 2012 2:59pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Amazing close up of this wonderful flower !!! Colors and shapes are great ...

20 Jul 2012 5:58pm

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Superbe macro avec de jolis détails.

20 Jul 2012 7:46pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

two really impressive images, macros and colour but it hurts to read you've had heat this summer, in the UK we've had rain and lots!):-

20 Jul 2012 8:21pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very lovely bloom and the petitie petals resemble dancing starfish ~ really beautiful!

20 Jul 2012 8:24pm

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

How beautiful this is ... and in only thirteen days it went from green to full form!

20 Jul 2012 8:54pm

Carol from Leamington ON, Canada

The photo you took on the 8th is so pretty also.... and this is lovely, you can tell it's from the thistle family. Magnificent bokeh and flower colors, it's just so perfectly round also, a delight Steven, I enjoyed!

20 Jul 2012 9:46pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Lovely, very nice focus

20 Jul 2012 10:19pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

How beautiful.... how can a seed develop into this.

20 Jul 2012 11:04pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice

20 Jul 2012 11:20pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! This is absolutely beautiful! I love the color. What a lovely flower. Amazing how it turns from green to this gorgeous blue!

21 Jul 2012 12:42am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Warp 6, Mr. Sulu. That is gorgeous.

21 Jul 2012 3:47am

bergaminet from France

A very beautifull flower. There is a message for you on Antoine's blog. See you sonn.

21 Jul 2012 6:46am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!
so beautiful colors!

21 Jul 2012 7:31am

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Magnifique macro Steven!

21 Jul 2012 3:34pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Love the colours and details!

22 Jul 2012 2:17pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Absolutely splendid !

22 Jul 2012 2:55pm

sarah from tehran, Iran

like Chaos :D

22 Jul 2012 5:41pm

LauraS from Chico, United States


23 Jul 2012 7:44pm

franz from Baden, Austria

wow, this is perfect! i've never seen them bloom as nicely as this one!

25 Jul 2012 7:59pm

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