The Awesome Thistle

During last month’s prairie hikes, I ran across quite a few thistle plants in various stages of blooming. I believe these are Bull Thistles (Cirsium vulgare). When in full bloom, they are quite striking: And here are a couple that were just starting to bloom: I always love the brightly colored blooms! Photography Equipment used: […]

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Handle With Care!

Today I’m featuring a common wildflower that is found along the Mount Evans Highway in Colorado. This prickly little plant is called the Wooly Thistle, and I think you can readily see why it is so named: You certainly wouldn’t want to grab this plant with the bare hands! I don’t have a lot of […]

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Busy As A Bee

While hiking some meadows in the Maroon Bells area of Colorado, I came upon a nice patch of thistles, and several Bumble Bees that were busy nectar hunting:         These images were made in mid-September. The nighttime temperatures were downright cold, but you could count on seeing these guys busy at work […]

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Tiger Swallowtail

Today I’m featuring another visitor I found at the Prairie Meadow the other day. As I was leaving the meadow, This large Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus) flew in and fluttered about the thistles that are currently blooming. I just love seeing/photographing these beauties … so large and so colorful!    

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