Teasel Thistle - Dipsacus fullonum  by MotherNature

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This is an introduced species, and although we have it in our area it is not a problem. Some places consider it a noxious weed, The seeds are eaten by the European Goldfinch, and the dried (but very prickly) seed heads are decorative and even used by florists at times. We used to make little mice decorations from them by adding pussy willow eyes and noses on the end.

This picture was taken in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA, at Nockamixon State Park on August 6, 2012.

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I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • Vitta
    Vittaalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent work!!!

  • I’m delighted you like it, Vitta:>) Thank you!

    – MotherNature

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyalmost 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured

  • Thank you very much:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...almost 2 years ago

    I have used Teazle for dried flower arranging for many years, and have seen them in paddocks and along creeks, but this is the first time that I have actually seen the actual flower…
    Just brilliant.

  • They really are amazing. I was carefully making my way through a patch (very prickly) to get some pictures that might be worth posting when I noticed I’d walked within a foot of a wasp nest bilt and mostly hidden under a couple leaves. Closer examination showed about 8 wasps guarding the nest that obviously had eggs in it and I counted my lucky stars that I hadn’t brushed against them! That would be more prickly than the thistles – LOL. Life is good!

    – MotherNature

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 1 year ago

    Don’t forget to enter our P U R P L E Challenge

  • Thank you, Lorilee!

    – MotherNature

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 1 year ago

    Don’t forget to enter our All Prickles Challenge

  • What a lovely thing to do – remind me to enter the challenge. I had forgotten in the daily time press here at a home!

    – MotherNature

  • lorilee
    lorilee12 months ago

    Congratulations!! Your image has placed in the
    TOP TEN of our “All Prickles” challenge!!

  • MotherNature
    MotherNature6 months ago

    My thanks to the purchaser of this card – your business is appreciated!

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