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Thistle W/Bee Chaser

Thistle W/Bee Chaser
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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: 2008-07-17
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-28 7:50
Viewed: 2944
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It has been a long time since I have posted my Nikon and Fuji shots...I can tell by the latest responses of "not like a usual Bob Shannon shot". so seeing as my days have been so busy, I thought I would return to archives again...

Again here in my special garden...no names for it yet...I took this as well as hundreds of others...but this one stuck out because of its particular interest to m e in composition. The bee is almost an afterthought, yet does remain an integral part of the image. My meager knowledge of thistle is made dynamically better by my collection of images..each sees in different ways..but for the sake of some clarity:
thistle is a biennial that germinates in one growing season, then flowers, seeds, and dies during a second that can grow up to 8 feet tall. The plant forms a rosette A circular, normally basal, clump of leaves of leaves the first year and produces a seed stalk the second year. Leaves are large(up to 2 feet long and 1 foot wide) and strongly armed with spines, and the blades form conspicuous fringe-like extensions down the side of the stem. The entire plant is finely hairy to woolly, giving it a silvery-gray color. Flower heads are borne in midsummer in groups of 2 or 3 on branch tips. Flower heads A group of flowers borne tightly together are globe shaped, upright, intensely spiny, and up to 2 inches in diameter; flowers are purple. Seeds are slender, smooth, and plumed.

Nikon 85mm cropped
ISO 400
Hand Held

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A finely exposed thistle group under strong illumination captured quite expertly against some greeneries in darkish shade Bob, maybe with some lupines or other legumes to provide some purple touches to a beautiful tableau of nature, and yes, a bee in the midst of the composition to keep some balance in the flora/fauna equilibrium. Good job indeed my friend!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-28 10:01]

Hi Bob,

I love these gems from your archives. The Thistles are beautiful - I love seeing flowers in different stages. Wonderful colors and compositions. The bee looks great on the flower. Amazing clarity of the little insect. Do they call Thistles "weeds" up there too?


hello Bob

i love that 2 bees on these beautiful flowers,
shot with fine POV, beautiful luminosity,
excellent sharpness and details,
i love the details of the off-focus background,



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-28 10:33]

Hi Bob. I see you have also go back to the summer for this colourful picture of the wild flower. good detail and natural colours. with interesting notes. well done tFS.

Hi Bob,

Good pov and clarity colours of these flowers.
good contrast between the green colours and the pink colours of the flower.


The Canadian Goose are they all on the wall?

Bonjour Bob,
Très belle et intéressante publication dans laquelle les sujets sont bien valorisés, sous une très belle lumière, par la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-29 2:43]

Bob, Good composition showing the lovely flowers and then showing the bee. Nice presentation Ganesh

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-01-29 5:10]

Hi Bob
Nice to see that image from your archive it make me feel like spring is not to far also my work conflict is now over after 15 months.Excelelnt POV and very sharp image with lovely light.Colors are beautiful.
TFS Michel

Hello Bob,
Excellent tones of colors seen in thistle with a busy bee, superb focus & lovely POV against faded green background. TFS.

You know I love these colors. Purples and greens together always make me happy...I think of spring-time and newness.
Lovely photo!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-29 8:05]

I'd call it your weed patch Bob: I don't mean this in a derogatory sense, but quite the opposite as your weed patch has a lot to offer and a honey bee on these thistle flowers with a blue vetch in the BG sounds like paradise to me. A fine sharp capture with your Finepix and nice reminder of better times!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-29 11:42]

Hello Bob,
This is a nice little flower patch with thistles and Viccia that must be popular with both bees and butterflies. You've zoomed in nicely on the Bee while the flowers dominate the scene. Beautiful colours and a lovely reminder of summer!
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

Hi Bob,

These wild flowers can make excellent image and you have framed them well in good exposure and lighting. The light catching on those flowers generate luminosity against the green backdrop.

TFS and warmest regards,

Hello Bob

A lovely capture of this thistle flower.
They are prickly but beautiful.
I was surprised to see a white tailed deer munching away on one of these plants.
They are difficult to get to the root of,and it is my suspicion that there is one large root originating in Scotland and all others tap off of.If you pull one ,two will grow in it's place.
Lovely colour and detail.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-01-29 20:46]

Bees love thistles. And not too bad a shot here of the bee. I rarely get a photo of a bee with his head to me...
It's a different thistle to what I see here.
Well done

Hi Bob,

it's a while since I looked into your"book", maybe because you changed the subject but certainly for my limited participation in TN activities. Now you caught my eye with these Canadian thistles (Cirsium arvense).

The "Flora of North America" has this to say: "Cirsium arvense is one of the most economically important agricultural weeds in the world. It was introduced to North America in the 1600s and soon was recognized as a problem weed. Weed control legislation against the species was passed by the Vermont legislature in 1795 (R. J. Moore 1975). Canada thistle is now listed as a noxious weed in most areas where it occurs. It has very high seed production, and the runner roots readily survive the fragmentation that accompanies cultivation."

Ivan's suggestion to call your interesting yet nameless plot a "weed patch" is scientifically sound (:-) . My own backyard is also a weed patch, well suited to macro photography.

Have a nice day,

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-01-30 4:44]

Hello Bob,

This is a wonderful vapture. Looks like you having good sun shine now and lovely blue sky too looking from your previous posts. Nice to know the cold has past. This is a vibrant and lovely shot. the colors and natural tones are splindid. Wonderful composition and POV. These flowers look so pleasing and yummy for the bee. TFS.


Ciao again Bob, lovely busy bee on splendid thistle, wonderful light and colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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