Wooly Thistle

One of my favorite wildflowers of the Colorado Rockies is the Wooly Thistle. Here are a few of my favorite images I captured during my stay on Mount Evans this summer:

Wooly Thistle wildflower

Close to sunset, I captured this backlit image:

Wooly Thistle wildflower

Here is a closeup of the “wool”:

Wooly Thistle wildflower

And even with all the sharp spines, the American Pika loves to collect and transport clippings of the Wooly Thistle plant, back to his den:

American Pika with Wooly Thistle wildflower in his mouth

Hmmm, I think I’d look for something a bit softer, and a bit less sharp in my mouth! Speaking of Pika, I’ve got some posts coming up with these cute little “Rocky Mountain Miniature Rabbits”.  :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body (flowers) and Canon 7D body (Pika)
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens (flower closeups) and Canon 100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens (Pika)
  • Handheld
  • ISO 200 to ISO 800
  • Aperture f/3.5 to f/8
  • Shutter 1/100 sec. to 1/2500 sec.


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Posted in 2014, Blog, Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Nature Photography, Travel Photography, Wildflowers
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