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Great Globe Thistle/Blue Thistle's Bloom

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 23 July 2020 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 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 400 98 mm

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By Marie from Alpes du Dauphiné, France

Lovely capture of this thistle ball.

23 Jul 2020 5:13am

rem_la from Villiers, France


23 Jul 2020 5:19am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Igt is gorgeous

23 Jul 2020 5:43am

yoshimiparis from France

nice bokeh

23 Jul 2020 6:01am

jpla from Anjou, France

Belle mise en valeur

23 Jul 2020 6:19am

Siepi from Zemst, Belgium


23 Jul 2020 6:33am

Roland Theys from gerpinnes, Belgium

Lovely capture, perfect !

23 Jul 2020 6:35am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

super be avec ce bokeh

23 Jul 2020 6:51am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Que c'est beau, j'aime beaucoup.

23 Jul 2020 7:04am

Florence from Bretagne, France


23 Jul 2020 7:06am

Maryse from bordeaux, France

Très jolie compo avec une belle netteté sur la fleur et un superbe bokeh qui la met bien en valeur.
Bonne journée Steven

23 Jul 2020 7:51am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very beautiful close up !!!

23 Jul 2020 8:56am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

You capture the pattern of the florets beautifully. lovely

23 Jul 2020 8:58am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Just perfect Steven. A magnificent capture. 5*

23 Jul 2020 10:37am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful with a superb background

23 Jul 2020 11:55am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Love the curly details

23 Jul 2020 2:31pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great DOF and I love the selective focus.

23 Jul 2020 2:32pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful. Nice use of DoF for thebackground.

23 Jul 2020 2:56pm

Devi from Chennai, India

a splendid capture !!!!

23 Jul 2020 3:00pm

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

superbe dans sa netteté

23 Jul 2020 3:57pm

Rose from United States

Oh, my! This is pretty...I so love thistle. I would not mind having some in my yard...I love all its stages.

23 Jul 2020 7:46pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

what a perfect bloom

23 Jul 2020 7:56pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A delightful image of this gorgeous blossom. The fact that the bees love it makes it even more special.

23 Jul 2020 9:29pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine close up of this pretty blossom. Excellent.

23 Jul 2020 9:36pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Beautiful. That is an excellent shot.

23 Jul 2020 9:53pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

so many cute and curling petals; well seen

24 Jul 2020 12:14am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Absolutely beautiful. I love these big round globes of color! Beautifully photographed. I love the bokeh!

24 Jul 2020 1:32am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Magnifique et très bien cadré !

24 Jul 2020 2:00am

CrashRyan from New Jersey / New York City, United States

Your macro's are awesome ... this delicate little flower looks like its moving if you stare at it long enough (and you're tired)

24 Jul 2020 2:25am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Gorgeous flower form and details. I like the entered frame and the colours separation between flower and background.

24 Jul 2020 2:42am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

These are so wonderful, and you've captured a beautiful image of it! Love the color, focus and bokeh!

24 Jul 2020 3:42am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

How beautiful, Steven. It reminds me of the ornamental onion flower.

24 Jul 2020 5:05am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

Fabulous the details from the boldistel .(the Dutch name)
Beautiful color and bokeh .

24 Jul 2020 9:33am

Joëlle from France

Quel joli "pompon" et une belle mise en lumière :)

24 Jul 2020 10:27am

Willy from Belgium

un superbe bokeh dans cette belle image Steven


24 Jul 2020 1:21pm

Remus from Portugal

Excellent level of detail.
Stunning close-up.

24 Jul 2020 2:16pm

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique !!!

25 Jul 2020 6:00am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful focus, colors & bokeh!
L O V E L Y !!!!!

25 Jul 2020 6:47pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran


26 Jul 2020 12:26pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Like a sun

28 Jul 2020 6:56am

Sam from Chennai, India

So beautiful. Great capture. Excellent. :)

28 Jul 2020 7:18am

karla from Omaha, United States

Interesting about the female bees and their affinity for this. Lovely picture of this one, which is a pretty blue tone.

28 Jul 2020 11:22am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The diversity of nature is simply wonderful.

29 Jul 2020 10:06am