Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Beauty of Thistles


processed with Kim's textures "kk_isobel" and "warmgrunge"

While I was recently walking around the lake with Jo, I decided to also hike a bit into the adjacent state park afterwards. The weather was so nice - sunny, but more on the cooler side. The light was beautiful, and I enjoyed this extra hour outside, photographing trees and thistles.

processed with Kim's textures "golden" and "warmlyvintage"

I love the dried thistles. Their shapes are so unique, the little "arms" that seem to wrap around the seed head look so intriguing. They really make this wildflower stand out in the fall.


Even their shadow is special! They look fabulous alone as well as in a crowd! We certainly don't have a shortage here!

processed with Kim's texture "vintagetexture"

This is my contribution to this week's Texture Tuesday over at Kim Klassen's blog.

22 comments:

Our photos said...

Beautiful are the photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

Gotham Girl said...

Stunning!!!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Marvelous photos and amazing texture work. I like it !
Best regards, Synnöve

Janet said...

Huge thistle fan here and I have to say those are some gorgeous captures! I especially love the one of the solitary thistle with its "arms" curled up over its head! Stunning light, composition and processing!

Viv@within the Frame said...

I too love these plants we call them Teasels in the UK they are so photographic.

S. Etole said...

I haven't seen any of these since we lived out west. They do have a beauty all their own.

gina said...

Oh, my goodness -- these are gorgeous! I love the tones and composition. Your processing is perfect. There is beauty in the simplest things.

Beverly said...

Lovely autumn pieces! I love the one of the shadows!

Rosie Grey said...

I love thistles, too! I love the muted tones here - wonderful texture work!

Becs said...

Great captures. I love the contrast of the spikey thistles and the soft background. Lovely processing and textures too.

Elephant's Child said...

They are, like leafless trees, incredibly elegant. And I love their simplicity. Thank you.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

great! That last shot is really nice. I like thistle also.

Sally H said...

Wow, Carola! These are just stunning! Teasels are one of my favourite plants

Barbara said...

I love all the different plays on the thistles from the shadows to the close ups. Beaautiful

Jeanne said...

Love your shots of these thistles! They are pretty amazing

Patricia Stein said...

Die Textur auf den Disteln ist wunderschön ,so kommt sie Form toll heraus . Ich habe auch noch welche im garten stehen die darauf warten fotografiert zu werden.
Herzlichen Gruss Patricia

Magic Love Crow said...

Love these photos! Stunning! Mother nature is so beautiful o)

Kim Klassen said...

so very special..... truly love your work.

thank you for linking up with TT... have a beautiful weekend.

xo, Kim

aenee said...

I love thistles too, wonderful shots, all of them !!
over from TT
aenee/Lily

Maria Ontiveros said...

Oh my gosh!!! Check out my post from yesterday: http://gallorganico.blogspot.com/2013/11/thoughts-on-blogs-and-blogging.html
I have very similar thistle pictures. I saw them at a cross country meet and stopped in my tracks to photograph them.
Rinda

patty said...

these are lovely, Carola! I have always been fascinated with thistles too.

Val said...

Beautiful!