There have been so many wildflowers this year and I’ve been busy taking photos left right and center so that I can enjoy the splash of colour from my computer when the landscape inevitably returns to the numerous shades of brown that it does for the majority of the year. But all this taking of photos has left me with a dilemma. So far I’ve amassed nearly 2000 photos and not only is that presenting a small nightmare in terms of sorting through them and editing them into a presentable format, but also trying to work out a way in which to share some of the best photos with you without you falling asleep from boredom of looking at too many photos of flowers.
I have finally decided that I’m going to break it up into a few posts based on themes over the coming months.
For this post I’ve chosen the theme of what I’m terming “Thistles”. This is not to say that botanically all these flowers are indeed “thistles”, but for the purpose of my sorting it’s how I’ve grouped them.
So without further ado here they are in all their glory for you to enjoy.
Carthamus tenuis or Slender Safflower is a distaff thistle.
Onopordum cynarocephalum or Artichoke Cotton Thistle.
Notobasis syriaca or Syrian thistle
I haven’t been able to identify this flower. Can anyone help out?
I also haven’t been able to identify this one although I think that it is some type of Centaurea or Knapweed.
And again this one.
This photo is of the previous thistles flowers after they have died. Even in this stage they are beautiful with the golden light reflecting off the opened petals.
The next photos are of echinops or globe thistles as they are commonly known. The photos show how they progressed from being green and spikey to being in bloom with hundreds of white, purple and blue accentuated flowers. In arabic the word used to describe the spikes is shorkah which I found interesting as this is the same word that is used to describe fish bones. The spines are incredibly sharp and not unlike a fish bone. These flowers might look beautiful but they certainly discourage any contact.