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A Texas thistle flower head

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Texas Thistle Flower Head Against Sky 5903

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And here’s the flower head of a Texas thistle, Cirsium texanum, that’s come a longer way toward being fully open than the bud you saw last time. I took this picture, like the previous one, close to an office building, but the building was on N. Capital of Texas Highway, the date was May 11, and I got away with sitting rather than lying on the ground. The ground that the Texas thistle covers is primarily in Texas and northern Mexico.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 3, and especially 8 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 29, 2013 at 6:20 AM

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  1. I like the range of color and the detail on this one. I must say though, that these are my favorite colors, it MAY be influencing me 🙂


    May 29, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    • That’s a kind of playing favorites that no one can fault.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 29, 2013 at 6:45 AM

      • I am stuck within (in a so far pleasurable way) some music, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVG8DJLOs5U and your two thistle images are weaving among the thoughts and the words. If I manage to get it out onto ‘paper’ I’ll let you know.


        May 29, 2013 at 6:56 AM

        • Please do. If you wait till tomorrow morning, there’ll be a third image in the current suite, and it’ll include some visitors to a Texas thistle.

          Steve Schwartzman

          May 29, 2013 at 7:22 AM

          • lol if the words come , they will not wait, I am only a vessel, however, if they choose to wait, then so shall i.


            May 29, 2013 at 7:25 AM

  2. Epoustouflant Steve!


    May 29, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    • Merici, Chantal. Je me suis emmitouflé dans le mot époustouflant, même s’il ne fait plus froid.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM

  3. Purple punk! There’s a checker at a local grocery store whose hair looks just like this. What a delight!


    May 29, 2013 at 9:49 PM

  4. beautiful


    June 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    • I hope you have some thistles that are native to Israel.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      • We have quite a few, and one that is quite similar to this one… I love them, and photograph them every year…


        June 1, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        • I did a search on your blog for the word “thistle” but didn’t find anything. Perhaps in a future post you can show people some of the native plants in your area.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      • Hi there Steve. Many years ago, I used to hike around Israel with my children, and at that time, I did a lot of photography of wild flowers. My oldest daughter was intent on defining and getting the right name of each wild flower when she was still in her teens. Now she’s in her fifties and has big children of her own. So flowers aren’t something I’ve been posting much on my blog. But there’s even a bigger problem. I learned English fairly well, but there’s a lot I don’t know… including the names of flowers. I only learned the word thistle very recently. So if I was posting flowers. I wouldn’t know what to call them in most cases.


        June 1, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        • As Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet: “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” So if you feel inclined to post any botanical pictures, even if you give only the Hebrew name, or perhaps the scientific botanical name as well, we’ll still be able to see what grows there, without necessarily knowing what each plant is called in English.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 1, 2013 at 11:32 PM

  5. […] last few posts), I spotted this field of dense wildflowers and had to stop. You’ve seen some closeups of Texas thistles, Cirsium texanum, this spring, but here’s the first view of a colony of […]

  6. […] The bug on the right appears to be Leptoglossus phyllopus, the eastern leaf-footed bug. I don’t know what the one on the left is, but perhaps it’s an earlier stage of the same species. Wikipedia notes that “This bug may enter houses when the weather turns colder and likes to make a home for itself in beds,” so happy snuggling this winter to those of you in its range. The flower head that seems to be fading before having opened is a Texas thistle, Cirsium texanum, which I hope you don’t find in your bed at any time of year. If you’d like a reminder of how pretty one of these thistles can be when it does flourish, you’re welcome to take a look. […]

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