Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A Thistle for Tuesday

Although the Thistle is the National Emblem of Scotland, the variety here in Kentucky in considered a nuisance.  



The seed is a downy thing, much like the dandelion, that easily travels with the wind.  Thus, it ends up all over the farm and causes distress for the local farmer.  



Bees and butterflies seems to love it and I adore the color of the flowers.  



They are great for my camera, but not much else.  I am sure these will meet the fate of the mower fairly soon.  



"All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind."  

Abraham Lincoln 


Linking up with Mersad today.




34 comments:

  1. Hello, pretty captures of the thistle. Love the butterfly and quote. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  2. Ah yes, the milk thistle. They are everywhere around here and I love to see them every year. Although most farmers hate them, the do have some medicinal value I understand. Oh well...I hope you and your camera enjoy them until the mower gets the best of them.

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  3. Love the picture with the butterfly...

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  4. ...pretty to look at, but that's about it.

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  5. they are pretty though, but poky!

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  6. You are right, they make wonderful photo subjects. Such pretty pictures.

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  7. So beautiful...
    Have a great day!
    Titti

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  8. And thanks for the fine quote too!

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  9. I love them! Weeds are some of the most attractive flowers.. I love Queen Anne's Lace - and yet it's considered a nuisance.

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  10. They sure are pretty to look at and photograph.

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  11. The butterfly is happy for now!

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  12. Very troublesome indeed...but so pretty!
    hughugs

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  13. I love their purple hues! Such pretty photos it seems a shame to classify them as weeds! But having fallen into a patch of them once I am sure they are a nuisance!

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  14. Beautiful pictures. My favorite is the second one. Spectacular.

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  15. Always a treat to see beautiful nature.

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  16. They are pretty, and you got some great shots!

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  17. Sometimes the weeds are the prettiest around. And the little birds love the thistle seeds. I enjoy watching them dig around when the seeds are ripe.

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  18. Looks like what we have, I have seen the horse eat them, like he just wants something different once in a while, maybe like how we eat hot peppers I guess.

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  19. Love the simplicity of the beautiful pictures and the quote is very good.
    Thank you!

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  20. Not much love for those big spikey things but they sure stopped the bad guys who tried to sneak up on the Scots. Great butterfly shot!

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  21. But you made them look so pretty- love the butterfly shot!

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  22. I think thistles are a pain, too, but they can offer good photo opportunities.

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  23. When young and tender they taste like artichokes, and can be tasty.

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  24. We were in Scotland years ago, and it was so funny to see thistles growing randomly in flower beds. Our neighbor once let one get large in her yard and go to seed for the birds. Most of the neighbors weren't too happy about it!

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  25. I didn't realize that about Scotland.
    They're pretty....AND lethal.
    I love the very first image Michelle.

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  26. ps...didn't know that about them being edible either. Hmmmmm.

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  27. Beautiful photos! Wonderful color!
    They are good sources of nectar for bees and butterflies, but I know what a nuisance they can be. After we have admired the blooms for awhile, we mow them down, too.

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  28. I know they are not a wanted plant, but they sure are photogenic...and attract the right creatures for us.

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  29. Beautiful photos! I like photographing them, too, particularly if there are insects present. They do have some cool texture.

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  30. They really are a lovely plant despite the thorns. My ponies used to love eating them! Birds love the seeds, especially goldfinch. xx

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  31. Your images are amazing. Wonderful post!

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  32. Pretty in pink that thistle is . . .
    I like the pods . . .
    (not all these seeds though . . .)

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  33. Lovely shots. This year I see an abundance of Thistle in a certain section of the farm .
    I am hoping it will attract the gold finches .

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