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Wild Teasel

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 2 September 2019 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

A distinctive feature of the Teasel is the whorls of long vegetative leaves borne at intervals
along the main shoot. Each leaf is up to 8 to 16 inches long, bears spines along the underside of its
midrib, and is tapered (lanceolate). The leaves are not borne on stalks, but instead the leaves of
each whorl fuse into a cup-like structure around the stem, which can trap considerable quantities
of rainwater, which the plant may later utilize, but which also traps many insects which
decompose in the water. Experiments have shown that nutrients from the decomposing insects
are absorbed by the plant, increasing the number of seeds that are produced. Thus the Teasel is
partially carnivorous (insects are not apparently essential, but are a utilized source of nitrogen).

Happy Labor Day!

Photo captured at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Waukegan, Illinois on July 27, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 125 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

In France we commonly call them "cabaret des oiseaux". I like!

2 Sep 2019 5:21am

yoshimiparis from France

beautiful idea this addition of the curtain of water

2 Sep 2019 5:21am

Martine Girard from France

Jolies plantes.

2 Sep 2019 6:04am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Perfect used backlight. Beautiful!

2 Sep 2019 6:12am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

They look ready for take-off !

2 Sep 2019 6:21am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Wonderful in green

2 Sep 2019 6:22am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Très joli petit groupe de Cardères dans une belle lumière.
Bonne journée Steven

2 Sep 2019 6:43am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

beaux verts

2 Sep 2019 7:29am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

very nice back light on them. Lots around here too

2 Sep 2019 8:44am

Anne from France


2 Sep 2019 9:24am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

nice back light shot

2 Sep 2019 9:36am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle photo en contre jour

2 Sep 2019 10:25am

Gary from Gwynedd, United Kingdom

Lovely green. Good focusing.

2 Sep 2019 10:53am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Very nice color and detail Steven.

2 Sep 2019 10:54am

Rose from CLINTON, United States

I love this...

2 Sep 2019 12:30pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Jolis chardons dans cette belle couleur verte

2 Sep 2019 12:43pm

willy from Belgium

un bien joli contre jour Steven

bon début de semaine

2 Sep 2019 1:13pm

Devi from Chennai, India

They look wonderful !!
Well unlike the Venus flycatcher and Nepenthus and Drorsera , these do the trapping clandestinely I suppose !!
Thank you for the notes here. I like that water-storing capability !!

2 Sep 2019 3:11pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like how you used the light. The outer sprigs seem to glow.

2 Sep 2019 4:37pm

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Love the subject, light and details !

2 Sep 2019 5:12pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

superbe ces poils qui ressortent de sommet des plantes fantastique vue

2 Sep 2019 7:02pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Oh Labour Day falls on 1st May in Malaysia.
There's no Labour Day in England though. ;)

2 Sep 2019 8:43pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

That’s simply stunning!

2 Sep 2019 9:48pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

not much to separate the attractive weed from the background except for your precise focus and well selected aperture

2 Sep 2019 10:58pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Fascinating plants! They seem to be set up for success.

2 Sep 2019 11:10pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

How interesting that it can trap rainwater for later use. Nice shot.

2 Sep 2019 11:19pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

It is amazing how plants and animals have adapted over time so that they can survive. This one is quite interesting. A gorgeous image and fascinating information.

3 Sep 2019 1:42am

Remus from Portugal

Superb framing and composition!
Instead of a black and white, this photo is a true green and white.

3 Sep 2019 3:19pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The whole natural cycle complete with plants and animals.

4 Sep 2019 9:55am

omar from Hamburg, Afghanistan

Great use of light and fine structures

4 Sep 2019 5:37pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

i love the simplicity here

5 Sep 2019 2:02am