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Thistles and Bracken! Fields of Green..

Thistles and Bracken! Fields of Green..
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-24
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-13 7:06
Viewed: 2524
Points: 42
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A Tribute to Spring and to Scotland

Spring...it is the hope that of color and seeds germinating which has kept many a family alive with hope during long winters in northern hemispheres.. The dreams and ideas of gardens to plant and living things that fly appearing in the air and all over the ground. Some folk order seed books, while others have seeds they have saved for years..in some places called heritage seeds passed down from a hundred years or more in families and countries where such a thing is possible and the growth likely. Back when the hundreds of thousands came to America in the 1800's...all sorts of countries brought seeds...some hid them in their sewn seams of jackets and pants, afraid for some reason they would be stolen.....and I think of them today as winter is till here on the ground all white....and I remember the weed fields of last spring and summer...and all the glorious colors they brought with simple weeds...normally passed by by unaware hurried folks on their way to another building or car....forgotten beauty...

Jean! Jean! Gin she's no here it's no oor bed,
Or else I'm dreemin deep and canna wauken,
But it's a fell queer dream if this is no
A real hillside - and thae things thistles and bracken!

My soul stores up the wealth unspent,
The key is safe and nane's but mine.
You're richt, auld drunk impenitent,
I ken it tae - the truth's in wine!

Hugh MacDiarmid

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I showed up first yet again! ha ha I'm getting my timing down perfectly. Of course, I love this one because PURPLE! What a lovely shade of lavender/purple. Very pretty and great notes.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-13 8:55]

Hi Bob. You must be thinking about spring today . your picture shows bright colours of the flower against the lush greens of the grass. good detail and compostion. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-13 8:55]

Hi Bob,

Isn't this pretty with the lovely lavender flowers in the dark green field. So much prettier than cactus, cactus and more cactus. A beautiful scene.


Hi Bob,
a beautiful reminder about spring an summer.
Lovely colours and fine lighting.
Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-13 9:06]

Hello Bob,
Yes it is refreshing to see a nice summery shot, the thistles and the vetch looking good against the lush green of the thistle leaves. I like your POV and composition very much, it give one the feeling that one must look beyond to discover more...
Nice Scottish quote that I can understand, but Robbie Burns is another matter!

Hello Bob,
And some flowers never do any harm, be it in the middle of the winter they are even more apreciated!
In particular those that grow where they found a spot they like...
Bringing seeds to America, maybe some relatives of mine did that too, but what came to my mind are the lupins that came the other way!
They were brought here for garden use but today they are all over the place... except in gardens!
Happy waiting for spring...
Pablo -

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-13 10:41]

Hi Bob,
you shot here reminded me just how much i miss Spring! We don't get any of the snow and ice that makes winter so beautiful and enjoyable here anymore, so Spring is always a welcome arrival.
Really like the lush green with splatter of colour (almost 'Pollockesque')...very nice.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-13 11:26]

Beautifull compostition fo violet flowers,very good atmosphere,thans for share,Luciano

Hi Bob,
This is a very nice scenery with superb colors; something that contrats a lot with the actual weather here. Your note are very interesting and remind me of this movie that was on TV yesterday, "Return to cold mountain". God, life was hard at this time... Thanks,

Love your bee shot! Great color and pov. So cannot wait for our spring.... TFS

Hi Bob!
Ahhh spring, yes for most a wonderful time of year!! I love how the bright purple thistle pops out of the contrasting green grasses. If I could only smell spring in the air now!!

Hi Bob,

Here's to spring in Scotland, and anywhere else to that matter! I'm really looking forward to Spring, so thank you for the reminder of whhat we have to look forward too, yet I fear winter will be a late visitor to London. I love your particular style - I can spot one of your pictures a mile away, be it B&W or colour. And this is a very nice one - simple, to the point, but nonetheless beautiful.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-13 14:41]

Hi Bob,
My wifes' favorite subject the thistle, she love taking images both when in flower and going to seed. She also landed in some when we went sky diving a ways back.
Great image and notes, as always my friend, thanks.

Hi Bob,

Something different on a cold winter day, a nice capture of the thistle flowers surrounded by green vegetation. The point of view allows us to see the details and colors of the subject. It is also well framed. Thanks for sharing.


hello bob,
lovely capture, the colurs looks beautiful, good lighting and a pleasing composition,
tfs & regards

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-13 18:18]

Hi Bob, I read this note like I sing a song, your ode to spring elevates in the air and made me think about the flowers in our garden, the colours, the richness of the soil and yes, oh, the seeds! Your notes bring a whole dimension to simple things like seeds. They mean so much to people who sow in winter for the spring to come. Thanks for this kind joy to read and beautiful photo of marvellous thistles that I love all through the year. Bye bye!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-13 20:45]

Hi Bob,
Wonderful shot and you have created a piece of art out of this lush green field. The thistles seems like small sparkles and presents a superb perspective. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-13 23:02]

Joli contraste de couleurs.
Bonne journée.

Namastay Bob,
A beautiful capture of this thistle flowers. Very nicely composed with a very good DOF maintained. Great notes to it. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Last Saturday I was in a hurry to take pictures of something else but several times drove past a withered field of sunflowers that I had photographed during Spring in all their full glory.

I wanted to photograph how they looked now but time and lighting did not allow for it when I went past each time. Your picture reminds me of what I missed, but in an entirely different season.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-14 19:17]

Hello Bob

A beautiful capture of this thistle.The lighting is very well done,with lovely colours.
The green backdrop sets off the flowers nicely.
Very good POV and DOF.
I live in the three United counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry.It is very Scottish.


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