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Great Globe Thistle

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 13 August 2015 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, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Looks like the sun. Very Beautiful bokeh.

13 Aug 2015 5:27am

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

Wow !! excellnet image !! very well done !!

13 Aug 2015 7:03am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Un superbe bokeh pour cette belle macro

13 Aug 2015 7:21am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautifully done with perfect depth of field

13 Aug 2015 9:09am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Sharp focus and love the 3D effect with your depth of field.

13 Aug 2015 9:58am

Carol from Leamington, Canada

So perfectly round.... fabulous colors/detail... and the bokeh is beautiful! An excellent composition and info!

13 Aug 2015 11:57am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Splendid capture of the globe !

13 Aug 2015 12:16pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful close up ! Excellent DOF.

13 Aug 2015 1:56pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Amazing details. A fine shot. Splendid. :)

13 Aug 2015 2:24pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I like the detail of your blossomed seed picture. The background fits the subject well too. Nice one.

13 Aug 2015 2:42pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Great details.

13 Aug 2015 3:29pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle boule quelle belle fleur et iamge sueprbe compo.

13 Aug 2015 4:58pm

Annima from Toulouse, France

Great macro!

13 Aug 2015 5:55pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful frame, focus, colors, lighting & bokeh!
L O V E L Y !!!!

13 Aug 2015 7:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A thoroughly gorgeous image.

13 Aug 2015 7:31pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Superb bokeh and background.:-)

13 Aug 2015 7:56pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Very complex, yet somehow you have shown it to perfection, superb !!~

13 Aug 2015 7:59pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A gorgeous image! Beautiful color and I love the bokeh!

13 Aug 2015 9:02pm

Julie L. Brown, Photobirder from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

A spherical beauty!

14 Aug 2015 1:57am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Nice one.

14 Aug 2015 2:19am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

They are always such fun to photograph. Very nice shot.

14 Aug 2015 3:41am

Moridi from Tehran, Iran

Very beautiful. Superb.

14 Aug 2015 5:49am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice globe

14 Aug 2015 6:05am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Bokeh superbe. Magnifique ce chardon. )

14 Aug 2015 6:09am

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

A very beautiful sun! Excellent!

14 Aug 2015 7:54am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


14 Aug 2015 7:57am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States


14 Aug 2015 12:53pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Very nice close up, like the bokeh.

16 Aug 2015 9:00am

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

A wonderful background to stand out her beauty ... Excellent close up !!!

16 Aug 2015 6:07pm

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