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Thistle might change its name to fissile

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It was on the even cloudier morning of May 1, along the aptly named Floral Park Dr. that leads into my immediate neighborhood, when I finally went over to photograph a Texas thistle, Cirsium texanum, that I’d been noticing for a couple of days as I drove past. By the time I visited it, the plant was beginning to fade: as this post’s title notes, the flowers of the Texas thistle don’t stay fresh for long, but soon split apart so their seeds can be scattered along the ground and into the wind.

For those of you who are interested in my approach to nature photography, points 1, 3, 8, and especially 16 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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  1. So could it then be said, that the fissile in the Thistle’s head was causing it to “Have a bad pappus day?” 😉
    ~ Lynda


    May 10, 2012 at 4:52 PM

  2. Hmmmm… If I’m not mistaken, it’s the Thistle twins – Ka and Put.


    May 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

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