Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Purple Thistles

kk_still and kk_0603


'Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.'  -  Marilyn Monroe

John, my husband, and I were taking yard debris to the neighborhood drop off, beside the busy entrance I saw purple thistles. 

It was time for a Sunday drive.

John asked if I wanted to pick some, he is a wonderful photographers assistant, of course I said yes.  He knew just the place and we both happen to keep a pocket knife on our key chain for this type of occasion.  Without gloves it was tricky, but we found there aren't as many thorns close to the flowering end.


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I put the thistles in a vase where they beautified my screened-in-porch for over a week.  John was nervous that the seeds would blow across the yard soon, so I made time to photograph them.  

The thistles were now wilted and so were their thorns, they were much easier to handle.  


kk_still and kk_0603

I love their droopiness.  


Thank you for stopping by!
Have a great week!
Michelle


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22 comments:

  1. I like the angle you photographed them. I constantly fight those in my flower bed, and is constant battle since we live out and are by a field of weeds. Never thought about letting them flower.

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  2. Aren't these a texture beauty!! Now, I want to go find some and photograph!!

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  3. Great shots - nice composition & focus.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/in-memoriam-ling.html

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  4. I love to top image, it almost looks like they are trying to escape!

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  5. I LOVE these photos. Really stunning.

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  6. These are gorgeous, Michelle, never thought of photographing thistles, so love the last one, amazing capture !
    What a wonderful assistant your husband is ... mine is a wonderful one too, and I always say to him 'it's a great honor to be my assistant ! :-)
    Have a nice week,
    Sylvia

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  7. A adore the thistle flower and these are the prettiest I've seen! You've captured them beautifully.

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  8. They are beautiful . . . must be fun trying to pick them.

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  9. I love how you set up your shot... beautiful composition.

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  10. Lovely thistles! My husband is a great assistant, too. I'm always thankful for his patience no matter how many photos I take.

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  11. Super photos, Michelle. Being of Scottish ancestry I have a sneaking fondness for the thistle. Yours look really good in that little vase you displayed them in. I can also understand your husband's uneasiness about their seed blowing all over the yard. Occasionally I troop down to the local riding stables and come back with a load of horse manure for my roses, which then seems to produce the most fabulous crop of thistles - they must be something that horses like to eat. Between their jaggy thorns and their long roots they're a bit of a pain. All the best, Bonny

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  12. These are way cool! Love it when ordinary things are so awesome in pics.

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  13. That last picture...be still my heart. You have such an eye and make a simple weed a work of art. Lovely.

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  14. Beautiful thistle close ups!

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  15. amazing color and texture. I love bringing nature indoors.

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  16. Very pretty. I especially like the detail of their fine lines in that drooping shot.

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  17. Very pretty. I especially like the detail of their fine lines in that drooping shot.

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  18. I find thistle quite pretty and love to find it growing around the paddocks. They have so many wonderful details.

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  19. I love how they look like little faces all looking in different directions

    Mollyxxx

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  20. Great capture. I love how you presented the stages of discovery these. I love all flowers when they droop.

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  21. ah thistles, thistles, thistles... I have to capture them this week before they are done. I tried to have my girl hold one so I could shoot it... yah those pokies were not fun.

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  22. haahaa, forgot to say stunning shots... I especially love the top shot... it is a beauty.

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