Tuesday, April 29, 2008

In the Thick of Thistle

To some of us, thistles are just prickly, aggravating weeds meant to be dug up and thrown away.

To bumblebees, they are sustenance.

To the Scots, they are the national emblem and a symbol of high honor!
It seems that thistles once drove the barefoot Norsemen away from their invasion of Scottish shores.

Whatever, the flower of the thistle is really pretty up close!

17 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

This is a beautiful combination of thistle and bumblebee.

The thistles we have up here are called Canada Thistle and the flower is a light lavender or blue color but they are still the envy of every bumblebee and butterfly in the countryside.

I like your photograph of this.

marley said...

This is a great photo! I'll give you the award of my favourite photo of the day!

Rambling Round said...

Thank you, Abe and Marley.
I bet the lavender and blue thistles are beautiful as well.
Marley, I appreciate the honor! I was amazed with this one since I don't have a macro lens, just a telephoto. The bumblebee cooperated and allowed me to practically put the lens on top of him. He was too busy to pay me any attention!

Southern Heart said...

That is such a wonderful photo! I'm amazed at the detail, and the wonderful color.

Jim said...

Thats a neat picture, I can feel the thorn just from looking at it.

david mcmahon said...

That is a beautiful shot!

George Townboy said...

Stunning shot! And thanks for the lesson concerning thistle ... I like it!

quintarantino said...

Very nice photo.

And yes, thistles once helped scots in a battle against normand inavders whom tried to surprise scotish troops on a night attack and went into a field full of them ... their screams of pain woke the scots ... the rest I guess it's easy to guess!

Halcyon said...

Very nice photo and a different perspective on this thorny flower!

Small City Scenes said...

And the Goldfinch love the thistle seed. Beautiful photo.. MB

Cheryl said...

Beautiful!!

Lessie said...

I didn't know that piece of history about thistles! When I see them, I think of Scotland and Presbyterians. :) Great shot!

dot said...

Great shot! So pretty and colorful!

Therese said...

We can feel the pleasure this bee has with her nose down...

Sandi McBride said...

Such a beautiful post that thrills this Scottish heart...
David sent me
Sandi

MmeBenaut said...

Wonderful photo! I didn't realise that thistles were so colourful.

Timothy said...

Very nice photo! I like that a lot!