Friday, August 7, 2009

Purple Thistle

I saw these blooms by the river a couple weeks ago. I don't know if they are flowers or seed pods but they were definitely eye catching.

Does anyone know what they are?

9 comments:

Julie said...

Well to my untrained eye they certainly look like thistle flowers as your title suggests. They open out to a brilliant purple with the delicate seeds that blow away on the breeze.

I guess they are a specific variety of thistle ... but I would not know which.

Anonymous said...

It does look like a scottish thistle. We were at a wedding and the groom was english, the bride scottish so they put the english rose and the scottish thistle together and it looked just like this one.

Ina in Alaska said...

Just beautiful, Ming.

Hilda said...

Again, I have no idea but they're pretty and unusual and I love their deep purple color. Reminds me a bit of our rambutan fruit.

Tracy Elaine said...

Beautiful photo Ming.

marley said...

Great macro. I think they are a thistle like flower called Eryngium.

madeforjoy said...

beauty in the details, Ming. lovely!

tapirgal said...

Lovely!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful-and as I recall, they do just blow away. Had not thought about them in years.


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