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Cirsium Rivulare Atropurpureum - non seeding/ sterile perennial thistle loved by bees


The word 'Cirsium' derives from the Greek word kirsos meaning 'swollen vein'. Thistles were used as a remedy against swollen veins.

Sorry, this is an old photo.

Who would have thought a thistle could be so absolutely beautiful?


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Cirsium eriophorum or Woolly thistle is a herbaceous biennial species of the genus Cirsium. It is beeing found mainly in Alpine areas, in this case in the Bavarian Alps.

I took a walk at my neighborhood on 16th August 2009.

You can see more details on the original size.


Please not give me multi-invitations!!

Macro Monday - pattern #102 sharp or prickly

Another sign that summer is over is to see how the thistles look after the flowering time is completely over and their tiny little flowers are gone.


What I like about this flower is the way that light hits it at that time of the day making the color disappear from one side or to say it correctly reflects it, and how the lens of the camera reacts to it.


It is sad that this format here in Flickr doesn't allow a vertical photo to show all its details and beauty like an horizontal one..


If you want to know more about this very photogenic subject, here is something to read about:


" Like the flower needs the rain..."


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Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles often occur all over the plant – on surfaces such as those of the stem and flat parts of leaves. These are an adaptation that protects the plant against herbivorous animals, discouraging them from feeding on the plant. Typically, an involucre with a clasping shape of a cup or urn subtends each of a thistle's flowerheads.

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Thistles just on the turn from child to adult

A thistle growing on waste ground in my home town in North Ayrshire. The bokeh comes from sunlight glinting on shards of broken glass behind it.

Fractalised Thistle: Explore #34 for 24/6/2008

A cluster of small thistle blossoms.

A Thistle is a weed, my Dad defines a weed as 'a flower in the wrong place'.

On one of our outings in Colorado, we came across this patch of wild thistle by a lake. I thought that the light was hitting it beautifully and decided it was worth taking a picture of.

Artichoke Thistle

Thistle in bloom. Even the prickly flowers are beautiful.

there didn't seem much to take a picture of in the woods, then a fox passed right in front of me, bold as you like, with a rabbit in his mouth. And my camera? In the case! So you'll have to do with this!

National Memorial Arboretum

A Friend has finally identified these as Silver Y's

A common migrant in East England

Exploring the farm fields and easily found some thistles. Glad I had my macro lens with me.


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Thistle and Bee River Idle, Gringley on the Hill


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We are home from visiting my middle brother for his birthday. We didn't tell him that our younger brother was coming too, so he had a lovely surprise. He usually visits us at Christmas, but is now too unsteady on his feet and not well enough to travel, so we will be visiting him instead from now on.

We have so many thistles growing in our "Wild Space" and it's beautiful out there.


Texture ~ Prim Rose by Painted Textures (From the Butter Paint Collection)


Thistle and Bee at River Idle, Gringley on the Hill

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