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Great Globe Thistle

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 13 August 2013 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.

Photo captured July 18, 2013.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 360 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Incredible detail in this one!

13 Aug 2013 6:54am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Yes wonderfully detailed

13 Aug 2013 8:26am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

The best that I have ever seen, I like that the bees love it, I never expected it to have
any use at all !~

13 Aug 2013 2:07pm

Graciel.la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Great shot with nice details. I like.

13 Aug 2013 3:49pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Gorgeous! I took a very similar shot recently but have not posted it yet.

13 Aug 2013 4:38pm

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

Wonderful detail, Steven...

13 Aug 2013 4:48pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous macro!

13 Aug 2013 6:33pm

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Merveilleux détails... )

13 Aug 2013 9:00pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

It is so beautiful!

13 Aug 2013 9:09pm

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Gorgeous flower! Wonderful details.

13 Aug 2013 9:10pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Absolutely beautiful! Gorgeous detail and color! I love the close up!

14 Aug 2013 12:10am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

excellent. superb detail. the square format is just right

14 Aug 2013 12:59am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Lovely frame-filling shot.

14 Aug 2013 2:10am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is so beautiful.

14 Aug 2013 3:34am

franz from Baden, Austria

most attractive closeup of this beautiful plant !

20 Aug 2013 11:39am