The “common” thistle is originally native to northern Africa, throughout southern Europe and England. The plant is currently found in most regions of North America.

This thistle was in strong direct sunlight, but behind the plant was a very dense wooded area that created a nearly total black-out background. I liked the dramatic contrast, so waited around for a while to see if a “visitor” would drop by. He showed up and I shot him!

This photo was captured along a hiking trail near Lake Jean in Rickett’s Glen State Park in Pennsylvania.

I used a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens on a Canon EOS 10D body @ f/4 with a 1/250 sec exposure, no flash.

© 2009 Gene Walls

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 6 years ago

    this is gorgeous Gene, please just add the location and away we go!

  • Right, I forgot that detail. I do it right away.


    – Gene Walls

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 6 years ago

    Right on!!! I love this and the added information is wonderful! Great image!!!

  • Gene Walls
    Gene Wallsabout 6 years ago

    I am very grateful for your kind comment, thanks!


  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 6 years ago


  • Thank you very much, Vickie! I am very pleased that my picture is in the top ten!


    – Gene Walls

  • maxy
    maxyalmost 6 years ago

    Stunning colors! Congratulations on an excellent and well deserved feature!

  • Thanks a bunch!


    – Gene Walls

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks for accepting it!

    All my best,


    – Gene Walls

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks, Ray!

    Best regards,


    – Gene Walls

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