Closeup of Globe Artichoke

31 07 2010

The Globe Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus) is a perennial thistle. If the buds or “globes” aren’t harvested, six-inch bluish-purple thistle-like flowers will form. This is an abstract closeup shot of two unopened buds and one flowering bud. Bees are especially drawn to the flowers.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.



3 responses

31 07 2010

This appears to be a Martian spaceship attempting to execute an emergency landing on a decidedly hostile site—lots of luck on that!

It could also be one mighty Martian army closing in on a second mighty Martian army, armies that are equipped with an array of pointed thingees that may enable each to wreak havoc on the other. I’ll put my money on the army in the foreground.

Could be either of the above, but probably is neither. It’s probably a couple of really weird-looking flowering plants that originated on Mars and arrived on earth via space dust. I wonder if they are equipped with reproductive systems similar to ours—well, not exactly similar to ours but similar to those of earth’s native plants.

Whatever their origin and whatever their personal characteristics relating to reproductive processes, you have captured their beauty and their uniqueness with your camera. Well done!

31 07 2010

Its really a wonderful picture !!
Loves de colors and de sharpness…
Greetings Anna

2 08 2010

Very lovely, nice tone transition from flower to background

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