Aug. 19, 2018

nodding thistle, Carduus nutans

Nodding thistles are also called bristle thistles, and deserve to be. They're one of our larger and nastier species. But their invasive nature is now being moderated by bugs. So we are more free to enjoy their beauty. Even more than most thistles, these offer a photographer many opportunities. From almost any view you can get another satisfying image. Here we can see the white fluff around the flower buds. The pink flowers rise from this, offer us their moment, and fall away. But the fluff persists to carry the seeds to the next opportunity. Nodding thistle has now been reported from every state except AK, FL, HI, and ME, and from AB, BC, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, QC, and SK. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 6/21/11.