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The Surviving Thistle!

The Surviving Thistle!
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 480 W: 62 N: 1235] (4229)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-12
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70, NIKKOR 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 G
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-19 7:12
Viewed: 3320
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Everyone,

Well, this might seem a strange posting as it looks very much like a sword! I suppose that is a good description of it, as it is the spear thistle!

These plants are only usually posted when they are in flower but I was attracted by its menacing spikes and thought it made an interesting shot even without its bright purple flowers.

Spear thistles usually start to flower in July but you can see that the bud is already forming.

I captured this on farmland, on the cliffs, near Arneside. The farmer was obviously finding them a menace as the plants inside the field were all turning brown and appeared to have been sprayed with weed-killer.
Fortunately for butterflies, and other insects that are attracted to them, this plant, along with a few other examples, was flourishing on the boundary areas.

Many thanks for your visit.
Please feel free to offer feedback on any aspect of the photograph.
Bev :-)

eqshannon, Heaven, nglen, rcrick, gracious, Jamesp, haraprasan, Maite, marhowie, joepan has marked this note useful
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Hi Beverly,
as a natural subject showing this species is fine and also the notes useful.
I can not say the same as a photograph, you could have incresed little depth (f8 in this case) and your croping is bad, don't do a square, let it be rectangle, right. also avoid the borders, it won't help much. good luck.

Hello Beverley.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

I am wondering as if it is the "Bull thistle" or the common....either way you seem to have brought out some beauty in the thing. I grew up with them...as many do...but it wasn't until my kids started eating them that I discovered the medicinal qualities of the buds they called "bubble gum". Super image Bev.

Hi BR,

The concept is well framed.
As you mention in one reply, "It is an artistic interpretation and all art is subjective..." that's the reality.
Good work, well conceived.
Take care, enjoy :)


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-06-19 12:16]

Hi Beverley!

My feedback will be very short and simple: it's a marvellous and so delicate picture, the thistle is well put on stage, underlined by a subtle framing. When I look at this beauty I can't understand that we kill it with some poison...

The question whether it would be better to increase the depth of field is very subjective. From my point of view the blurred parts of the plant add to the value of the picture and highlight the details on the other parts.

Kind regards


Hi Bev, fascinating composition with splendid colors, elegant presentation, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-19 13:20]

Hi Beverley. A nice close up of the Thistle. Good detail on the seed head. and natural colours. The square Frames fine with me Just a thing of taste. . well done TFs.

Hi Bev,

Congratulations on a fine presentation, this is just wonderful I really like this, the colours are stunning, excellent detail, composition and framing just perfect, really nice work, well done.

Cheers Rick :)

Hello Bev,
Very good composition and nice placement of the Spear thistle inside the frame! the main subject is very sharp with good colour and details to view and enjoy
also many thanks for the notes
well done

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-19 23:21]

Hi Bev

Great shot - I really like the way the spines look as if they are trying to burst out of the frame. Lovely work.


Hi Beverley,
A nice capture of this thistle plant. The composition is unique here. I liked the way you have placed the subject with good details. But I think I don't like the border here. Anyway it is my taste only. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-20 13:25]

Hello Beverly
Really curious this thistle. I had never seen this kind and I am glad you found it so green and alive. The shot is really gorgeous!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

Hi Bev,
Great POV, great macro closeup showing all those "thistly" details ;)
Nice color and exposure, and well composed.
Have a Great weekend!

Fine focus and great detail, the composition looks good also, Best rgds Necip

Bonjour Beverly
Une excellente photo en macro de cette belle plante quand elle est fleurie.Les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo...JP

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