So pretty yet so nasty

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In the mid winter the leaves start to show up in top of the soil. A nice, light green growing like a rosette covered in thorns. Quite a pretty thing.
And then it starts to grow tall and more nasty thorns show and then it starts to show its mean nature.

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All the Thistles around are just mean! They made sure they are not eaten when no other plants grow around :)
And in summer when there is no rain they might be the only one with flowers still blooming. That's how tough they are.

The buds are stunning! Green and intense purple all together in this lovely shaped ball with spiky ends

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Shot with Nikon D5500 + Sigma 105mm lens
All photos and text are my own.



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Ooo these remind me of datura seed pods out here in the sw of USA. Not a flower but animals definitely leaves it alone😄

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Nature's perfect armor from the looks of it. There must be some resourceful animal that knows how to get these open 😀

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You do not try that Bison. They are poisonous!

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Oh oh! Pretty spiky thing :p
Some seed pods are so much cooler than boring flowers.

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I wonder what it actually is called?
Is it related to a dinosaur? some sort of raptor?
It sounds like a predator was in the family tree at some point!

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Dinosaur would be my bet. Definitely!

:)

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I'm sure this one is simply misunderstood. They say that the prickly ones have the most tender personalities once you get to know them.

I thought your first photo was an underwater shot for a second, very striking.

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They say that the prickly ones have the most tender personalities

Awww :)
It's all for the self protection from the meanies, right? :))

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