Sunday, July 22, 2012

Thistle/Sunday Best

Bull thistle

Prickly and invasive, the bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare) is not popular with most humans. If you have ever stepped with bare feet on its first year basal rosette - as I have - you can guess at least one reason why.

But insects love them!

I am linking to Your Sunday Best at A Rural Journal

36 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

...and love the bee, and the previous butterfly and the bunny! Many nice B's...
God bless you!
Cezar

Jill said...

The color of the thistle just pops off the page. Lovely shot!

Kathy said...

And they make such pretty pictures!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

They are invasive and prickly,but I love those beautiful flowers.

Lois Evensen said...

They may not feel good on the feet, but they are lovely for the eyes. The color is wonderful.

Happy Sunday,
Lois

Amy Burzese said...

Beautiful color.

Nancy Claeys said...

They are considered noxious weeds here, but they are so pretty.

Thank you for sharing at YSB this week.

Danielle said...

I love them to...if only for their beautiful color...and it is Eyeore's favorite meal ;)...or so I have heard.

Michelle said...

Excellent! I love seeing the bee in action!

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful. love that laden bee!

Roan said...

I think they are beautiful, but sure don't want to step on one!

Shammickite said...

I had lots of those growing on my lawn.... had a wonderful time digging them out, the nasty prickly things!

RedPat said...

My toes are curling!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

It makes a beautiful picture and a great place for the bee and butterfly to feed.

bailey-road.com said...

Thistles do make for pretty pictures!

Sandra said...

well they may not be good to step on, but it sure is a beautiful flower, i love the stem as much as the flower and the bee looks like he is about to put down a straw and drink deeply

Taken For Granted said...

Beautiful flower on a nasty plant. I can see why the bees love them. Fine photo.

Lowell said...

I think that Mother Nature looked kindly on us in Florida and did not send us the Cirsium vulgare. 'Tis pretty, though. Some say it's the bees knees.

Al said...

Nice shot of an awful plant. We live on 2.5 acres, and I was out spraying invasive weeds this morning.

Lowell said...

Hi EG! Re your comment on Ocala DP: I could tell you, but then I'd have to ... Well, you know how the rest goes.

:-) Actually, I don't know what I did but it worked.

Jenn Jilks said...

They sure are pretty, though!
Greetings from Cottage Country!

George said...

I have some unpleasant memories of this thistle, but I must admit that this is a marvelous photo.

Lisa Gordon said...

This is absolutely gorgeous.
Wonderful detail and color!

LONDONLULU said...

It may be bad for us, but it makes a beautiful photo! (And the bee!)

forgetmenot said...

Beautifully captured!! Even weeds are pretty!!! Excellent shot of the bee. Mickie:)

Stephanie said...

It is not a friendly plant, but it is nicely captured along with the bee!

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Rosemary Aubut said...

Oh how I love this capture! Lovely just lovely!

Denise said...

An absolutely fabulous photograph. Love it!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Marvelous capture EG, he sure is a busy bee.

Craver Vii said...

You're absolutely right. No fun for bare feet, but they're certainly pretty.

Tricia Hays said...

Ooohhh weeee, that's perteee! =)

Terri Buster said...

Beautiful capture!

NixBlog said...

The bees love them!

Rose said...

Great capture!

Deborah said...

fabulous!

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