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Nodding Thistle (Carduus nutans)

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 23 July 2008 in Plant & Nature.

THANK YOU to all for the numerous, positive comments on my last photo. :-)
Also called Musk Thistle. Non-native. Pennsylvania, USA, considers it a noxious weed. Grows in our meadow, but we cut them down before they go to seed so they won't spread. Too bad, as they are lovely!
Photo taken indoors, natural light, tripod, black felt background, macro lens.

KONICA MINOLTA MAXXUM 5D 16/5 second F/20.0 ISO 100 100 mm


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Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

We both have fireworks today! :) Great capture, lovely colours and sharpness!

23 Jul 2008 5:25am

Erik from Amersfoort, Netherlands

Great work ! very nice sparkling colors indeed.

23 Jul 2008 6:04am

Kent from Sweden

A beautiful and colorful thistle. Certainly, it is weeds, but it can be beautiful for it. We have similar plants with us, too.

23 Jul 2008 6:25am

Paul Michko from Exton, PA, United States

Gorgeous capture, Anita. I don't see any star rating. Am I missing something?

23 Jul 2008 10:19am

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

We have to be very careful with some invasive species. Out of their native habitat they may proliferate uncontrollably.

23 Jul 2008 10:24am

Marcie from United States

It's as if it's suspended in black space. Beautiful!

23 Jul 2008 11:43am

Koushiro~光子郎 from Singapore, Singapore

Haha I can definitely see why Monique calls the flower fireworks! Great colours and detail there!

23 Jul 2008 12:38pm

Evi from Athens, Greece

It's beautiful!

23 Jul 2008 12:43pm

ManuelaR from Hainburg, Germany

Soooo beautiful!

23 Jul 2008 1:48pm

don from spokane, United States

It may be a noxious weed, but it must be one of the more beautiful ones! I like how you show it on a velvety black background. Fine image today!

23 Jul 2008 2:02pm

Sergei Z from Turi, Estonia

Beautiful shot! The background is just perfect - it helps to focus only on the main subject.

23 Jul 2008 9:48pm

@Sergei Z: Thank you for visiting! I'm glad you like it.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

An amazing bloom, and you photographed it beautifully. Well done!

24 Jul 2008 12:25am

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

I'm amazed at the number and variety of flowers you photograph Anita. Another beautiful composition, very nice work!

24 Jul 2008 1:59am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Beautiful against the black background!

24 Jul 2008 3:18am

Eric Fry from Houston, TX, United States

Great flower macros over the past few days, Anita, but I really like this one. We have purple thistle here, but they don't make these incredible tendrils like this one. Thanks for posting these!

24 Jul 2008 12:04pm

@Eric Fry: Eric: First: Thanks for your supportive comments. Second: I didn't notice the white tendrils until I saw the photo on my monitor! Your thistles may hae them also!

16/5 second
ISO 100
100 mm