I know, I know, I’ve written about bull thistles before. I really can’t say why I’m so entranced with what some consider a noxious weed. In fact, if I’d ever had a proper wedding, I probably would have been the first bride ever to carry a bouquet of bull thistles (perhaps with white leather gloves). 🙂
Part of my attraction is the fact that birds, butterflies, and bees love them so. And part of it is my fascination with how a plant could be so very prickly (and painfully so) on the outside, yet harbor the most silky soft seed.
So forgive me for a last look at my beloved bull thistles. These pictures were taken back in September. I was out trying to take pictures of the pods bursting with downy seeds, whose feathery fronds rendered rainbows in the late afternoon light. But the wind was strong and the pods kept moving, and I’m afraid my little point-and-shoot wasn’t up to the task. But there was a sudden gust, and scores of seeds flew up around me in a whirlwind of gossamer grace. I gasped and began to twirl around with my camera held aloft, just clicking in the air hoping to capture a bit of that grace. Up they swirled, lifting lightly towards the light until I lost sight of them.
My photos don’t begin to do justice to what I witnessed. In fact, most of my pictures were blurry. But here’s some of what I did capture that wondrous afternoon.