Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera.
Thistles are not what one would necessarily call very pretty flowers. They are a wild sort that grows on invasive thorny plants. Yet the fuchsia colour is undeniably vibrant and beautiful enough for me to seek out and photograph them, and paint them afterwards as well.
A few months ago, on our third road trip in Scotland, I was looking forward to spotting and photographing them on walking trails. I found quite a few variations of the flower in different areas.
I hope you enjoy this set of my photos of wild thistles.
This is the only one that I photographed in a garden.
I took this photo by the mountainside, bracing myself against 40 – 50 mph wind gusts. Considering the effort it took me to take this photo, I feel I brought a bit of the Scottish spirit back with me!
Thistles are not grand, but definitely tough, wild, and have a strong aptitude for survival. This little prickly weed has not only got the status of being the national flower of Scotland, it has also placed itself in different varieties of stylised art.
I too have succumbed to the magic of thistle. Hope you enjoyed the photos!