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Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 15 July 2020 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

A great globe thistle is starting to grow its spherical bud which will bloom in about a week. The 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 3, 2020.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 160 105 mm

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Martine Girard from Brest, France

Joli chardon, je suppose que la fleur va changer de couleur.

15 Jul 2020 5:11am

@Martine Girard: Indeed! This is only the beginning.

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Takiainen in Finland

15 Jul 2020 5:11am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

For some reason, Steven, I have always liked thistles. In fact, years ago, when my children were young, I did an embroidery of Scottish thistles for my mother in law.

15 Jul 2020 5:18am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Un très beau chardon en devenir !
Merci pour les explications

15 Jul 2020 5:34am

jpla from Anjou, France

Bientôt la fleur apparaîtra

15 Jul 2020 6:36am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Très joli photo de ce chardon en bouton.
Un joli ton sur ton également.
Bonne journée Steven

15 Jul 2020 7:10am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Superb detail and color.

15 Jul 2020 8:20am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

what a wonderful bud, beautifully captured

15 Jul 2020 8:30am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien cette boule

15 Jul 2020 8:36am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Beautiful green shades.

15 Jul 2020 9:08am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

excellent details

15 Jul 2020 9:09am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A great sharp image Steven.

15 Jul 2020 9:49am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb ! And beautiful nuances of green .

15 Jul 2020 11:08am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superb capture of this beautiful thistle that does not yet have its beautiful blue color! I also have some in my garden !;-)

15 Jul 2020 12:41pm

Rose from United States

I hope you are taking photos in its various stages. This is just so beautiful as it is even before it blooms.

15 Jul 2020 1:21pm

Willy from Belgium

une belle photo de ce chardon en bouton

j'aime bien ces nuances de vert


15 Jul 2020 2:52pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Beautifully captured..and thank you for the nice note on this :)))

15 Jul 2020 2:55pm

Daniel from Perpignan, France

Superbe !

15 Jul 2020 3:15pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

You have captured this beautifully. I can feel the prickly texture

15 Jul 2020 3:15pm

Nadine from Le Sud......, France

trés belle harmonie des verts

15 Jul 2020 3:49pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

I find this one beautiful . A splendid photo with the different green colours and the warm light .

15 Jul 2020 4:22pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Remarkable plants!

15 Jul 2020 5:02pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Superbe. J'en ai également dans mon jardin...

15 Jul 2020 5:12pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

so excellent!

15 Jul 2020 5:28pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful focus, details, colors & lights!

15 Jul 2020 5:33pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I never thought about how pretty they are before they get their full color. Very nice.

15 Jul 2020 6:51pm

Roland Theys from gerpinnes, Belgium

Excellent Steven!

15 Jul 2020 8:28pm

Don from Spokane, United States

Well named and a strong picture with detail and color. Well done.

15 Jul 2020 9:44pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very nicely shot. Yes, the globe thistles are tough guys.

15 Jul 2020 11:16pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A gorgeous image. It sounds like this flower is a feast for the bees! I am not sure if I have ever seen one on full bloom before.

16 Jul 2020 2:11am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

a thistle - a bane of my childhood. during the summer I was dispatched to the pasture to chop these noxious things that the cattle or sheep would not touch

16 Jul 2020 2:45am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Beautiful plant. Great detail and lovely green tones.

16 Jul 2020 3:22am

Maryse from bordeaux, France

Merci pour les explications et ce beau chardon.... j'espère que tu pourras nous le montrer quand il aura fleuri !!!

16 Jul 2020 7:29am

Sam from Chennai, India

A gorgeous image of this beautiful plant. Wonderful details and colours. Excellent. :)

16 Jul 2020 4:53pm

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Je suis d'autant plus intéressé par cette image, qu'elle est accompagnée d'informations (que j'ignorais) sur cette plante sauvage que l'on retrouve un peu partout en France.
Merci beaucoup.

17 Jul 2020 12:54am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What would we do without the bees?

17 Jul 2020 10:04am

Remus from Portugal

A true monochrome photo in shades of green.
Wonderful capture and excellent close-up!

17 Jul 2020 1:52pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

so many lovely shades of green

23 Jul 2020 7:59pm