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Great Globe Thistle/Blue Thistle's Bloom

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 29 August 2017 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.

Photo captured July 17, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 400 105 mm

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Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle boule de fleurs et vue quel rendu fin et bleu super.

29 Aug 2017 5:04am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Un magnifique chardon bleu, peut-être également utilisé en fleurs séchées. )

29 Aug 2017 5:22am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Neat presentation and thanks for providing the info here - I never know what to call them !

29 Aug 2017 5:28am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique !!

29 Aug 2017 6:10am

willy from Belgium

une jolie boule de fleur Steven


29 Aug 2017 7:20am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Très belle ta macro

29 Aug 2017 7:51am

Marité from France

Magnifique sphère bleue !!!
Bonne journée !

29 Aug 2017 8:45am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful and interesting !

29 Aug 2017 9:45am

Shaun from Thorton, United States

As always, superb detail and color. Excellent information about this plant.

29 Aug 2017 10:11am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a floral planet. Lovely capture

29 Aug 2017 10:12am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

A most harmonious result*

29 Aug 2017 11:24am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Amazing flower. Beautifully captured.

29 Aug 2017 1:29pm

Remus from Portugal

Once again you did a great job.
Awesome details and the square format, worked perfectly in this photo.

29 Aug 2017 2:06pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I thought it was an allium at first. Gorgeous close up of the color and shapes.

29 Aug 2017 2:25pm

Don from Spokane, United States

It's a great looking thistle. The process of it blooming is very interesting. An excellent clsoe up.

29 Aug 2017 3:14pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Looks awesome !! Thank you for the write up here !

29 Aug 2017 3:47pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image of thistle. Amazing details and interesting information. :)

29 Aug 2017 3:55pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous capture of this lovely orb floating in space. Delightful.

29 Aug 2017 4:12pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A perfect sphere. Technique perfect and also poetic...!

29 Aug 2017 4:41pm

BiLL from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Beautiful image, Steven.

29 Aug 2017 6:11pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

ces courbes centrales sont intéressantes dans cette fleur

29 Aug 2017 8:17pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

beautiful bloom; the petals appear like worms roiling along the surface,

29 Aug 2017 11:46pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Like a dandelion except in color Very cool.

30 Aug 2017 2:00am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is gorgeous.

30 Aug 2017 2:13am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Absolutely gorgeous! This is just stunning! Gorgeous color! 5*

30 Aug 2017 2:38am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Absolutely textbook, Steven.

30 Aug 2017 4:34am

London Caller from United Kingdom

From your garden again?
Can't wait to see your whole garden!

30 Aug 2017 8:59pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran


3 Sep 2017 5:46am

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Superbe image!

3 Sep 2017 5:18pm