Sunday, 25 July 2010

Thistledown

thistle down

Thistledown is the soft silky material attached to thistle seeds to enable them to float on the breeze. We used to call them thistle fairies and try to catch one to make a wish :-)

14 comments:

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Those are some BIG thistle heads! We have a lot of thistles too, but most are alien. The nodding thistle is pretty in all its stages, but it too doesn't belong.

sandy said...

Nice photo, never knew they were called that. When we've been out west camping years ago used to see lots of these and the big purple flowers are quite pretty. Though I wouldn't want them in my yard, as I consider them a weed and they make me sneeze. lol

Sandy

Lisa - Alterity Button Jewelry said...

How interesting! I am not very fond of thistle in my garden...one seed will create a whole field it seems like. Great photo. Funny how something so pesty can be so pretty!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

We see many out here though not that large and we used to do the same, make wishes. For me these are unnoticed little beauties :)

June Zach (Fledgling Blogger) said...

I've been visiting your wonderful photo blog. As a lover of photography, I'd definitely say your works are utterly amazing! :D

Emm said...

What a beautiful photo! It makes me want to reach out and touch it. I think I might like a thistle down duvet though - imagine how soft it would be!

deejay said...

weird but lovely plants. i think we have it in the philippines growing in the grassland but not with that kind of variety.

BK said...

Looking at the Thistledown gave me a ticklish feeling. :)

Rare Lesser Spotted said...

Just discovered your blog, some great pictures and admire your work and what you're trying to achieve.

imelda said...

oh my i get allergies from its pollens. nice pics u have here

sandy said...

Beautiful photo

William K Wallace said...

When I see thistles it always reminds me of back home in the North East of Scotland.

√ėyvind said...

That was a very nice shot, almost like its from another world. :)

lina said...

Nice photo. I would never give it a second thougt if I pass by some but seeing your photos, they are beautiful too.

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