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Featured in Vibrant Plants August 23, 2011.
Top Ten in the “Thistles and Burrs” challenge in Live, Love, Dream group March 29, 2011.
Featured in ! 100% ! March 20, 2011.
Featured in One Single Flower On Show March 19, 2011.

This seemingly lovely little fluffy wild thing is really a terror in disguise.

Not long after this shot was taken, in early August of 2008 (with the Nikon D40x and the 18-135mm Nikon lens at 135mm focal distance, 1/250 shutter speed and f/5.6 aperture, exposure -0.33 and iso 200) these guys turn into the sharpest, nastiest little devils!! Thistles burrow into my poor dogs’ coats and their barbs torment the dickens out of them. And me, too, if one happens to work its way into my skin. Regardless, thistles are kinda pretty the rest of the time. Kind of a life-lesson there, if anyone cares to look a little deeper.

Image taken on top of Blue Knob Mountain in Claysburg, Pa.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Ray, thank you … my pleasure!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Sharon Johnstone
    Sharon Johnstonealmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous Lois!!!

  • Thanks so much, Sharon!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you, Tina!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot Lois!!!

  • Thanks, Lana!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 4 years ago

  • thank you, Ann … my pleasure!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiteralmost 4 years ago

    Wow Lois ~ Beautiful detail and color!

  • Hey Lori!!!! Thanks …

    – Lois Bryan

  • Tim Devine
    Tim Devinealmost 4 years ago

    Spectacular Lois, love the color and detail!!

  • Hey Tim!!! Thank you!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakealmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful Lois ! I too am a fan of these prickly beauties :))

  • Hi Renee!!!!! I hate the things, but they do make a fun photography subject!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • polly470
    polly470almost 4 years ago

    My turn to learn now..but firstly..boy do I know how these HORRORS turn into hideous sticky poor old Afghan always somehow…and usually on a clear road, with not one sign of these…gets his ears stuck to his head, and his tail stuck to his nose, and it takes AGES to disentangle him!!!
    Apart from is brilliantly fab with those wild and wonderful colours!!

  • Polly, thank you, sweetie!!! Yes, they are awful on our dogs … and have you ever had one wear through your clothes?? OUCH!!! And you can’t see just one of them … invisible, nasty things, lol!!!! Glad you liked the image.

    – Lois Bryan

  • KathyClark
    KathyClarkalmost 4 years ago

    these are my favorite thistles. I have a few pics of them in my gallery, total butterfly magnets.

  • Hey Kathy … they attract butterflies? They DO? I never knew that … of course we don’t get a lot of butterflies on top of the mountain … well, I take that back, we had a hoard of monarchs come through the last couple of August, but they went for the joe pie weed … I’ll have to watch the thistles more closely!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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