Friday, August 31, 2007

Thistle Power, Och Aye!

This is from a cute little garden which features on one of my Paris photo tours - more than that I am not at liberty to divulge. I could inform you of its whereabouts, but then I would be obliged to kill you, which would obviously be a regretable outcome of your innocent reading of this anodyne little photo blog, so best leave it there, eh?

The thistle is also, of course, for the benefit of you non-internationally minded types (tutt-tutt, sigh, head-shake, mutter-mutter, you should know this...) the national flower of Scotland, the country of my birth (strictly speaking only a region of the UK now, but my compatriots would linch me for saying so).

In any case, it's a simple flower shot - hand-held, so slightly fuzzy - obviously employing the limited depth of field necessary to throw all that horrible background noise out of focus and allow the plant's beauty to come through.
© 2007 Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free

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cam.brz said...

i love your blog and especially this pic.
is that an artichoke flower?
greeting from brasil!

Paris Set Me Free said...

Thanks - I love you too!

It's a THISTLE! The national flower of Scotland...

Nothing to do with an artichoke! No no no!!!

Thanks for the comment :-)

Di Mackey said...

You know, your people used to be my people. 6 generations before me two brothers fled everyday church services on the Isle of Lewis and ended up in New Zealand.

I'm sure it wasn't my ancestors but someone brought that thistle with them to NZ where it, like so many other native delights from the Northern Hemisphere, took root and spread excessively.


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