Saturday, September 3, 2011

Ouch!


(click to enlarge for best view)

On a recent drive hubby and I found some thistle along the road. I very carefully cut a couple to bring home and photograph outside on my deck. It's been almost six days so the thistle is no longer in pristine shape but I had my camera out and was happy with all the bubbles of bokeh I achieved with this shot.
While I was trying to position the jar to get the most of the light I noticed the mop head shadow in the dappled light.
Posted for Flowers On Saturday and Shadow Shot Sunday and Bokeh Saturday.

31 comments:

Desirae R said...

I love the shadow on that second shot!

Rose said...

I like that shadow, too...and isn't thistle just so pretty!

Lauri said...

Bokeh, shadow, bokeh, shadow, let's face it they are both nice.

George said...

You captured a wonderful shadow in your second photo, but I like the first with the bokeh as well. When I was cutting thistles as a youngster I never thought I would say anything nice about them.

Sylvia K said...

Such lovely, fragile captures although I know there's really nothing fragile about thistle or bokeh -- guess even plants can be a bit deceptive! Hope you have a great holiday weekend, Carletta! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Ralph said...

All flowers have an innate beauty, so the thistle qualifies there (although detractors will decry that this is a weed). The lavender hue of the flower is lovely, and the 'mop-head' shadow is brilliant, too. Cheers for thistle and its beautiful shadow ands shape!

Paula Scott said...

What sweet, sweet images these are! I love them. I've always been partial to thistle flowers.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Nice photos.
Shadow in the second photo is great bonus to your composition.

Regards!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The thistle and its shadow are lovely, even though you had to endure some painful pricks along the way!

I LOVE MY SHADOW

I love my shadow,
My shadow loves me;
We chat together
And don’t disagree!

My shadow and I
Prefer not to shout
As we go walking
And rambling about.

My shadow’s so wise,
I ask what she thinks;
She’s happy to share,
And then nods and winks.

My shadow and I
Are best buds, you see;
That’s why we try hard
To always agree!


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Arroyo Shadows

Cassie said...

Excellent ShadowShot! Now throw that nasty noxious weed out so it doesn't propigate!! Happy SSS and Labor Day to you!

Patti said...

Weeds can be pretty too!

You found a nice delicate shadow from the mop head.

Sorry about the ouch. But anything for a photo, right?

Misty Dawn said...

Very pretty! I too really like that shadow!

imaginelaughsmile said...

Great capture! Love the shadow in the second shot. Have a great weekend!

Seeing Each Day said...

Really like both of these-the composition in the first one and the clever shadow shot in the second. Love how the thistle is almost talking to its shadow.

Twiggy said...

It seems as if the thistle is looking at it´s own shadow.

Ewa said...

you made that weed look beautiful!!
thank you for linking up with Flowers on Saturday :)

Arija said...

You certainly got lovely defining light on the back of the flower in the second shot and of course the shadow to balance. Just a slight change of angle an , voila, magic appears.

Dimple said...

I like the way the shadow balances the bloom! It does look like a mop head!

chubskulit said...

Wow thistle gave such a beautiful shadow!

Dianne said...

I love the mop head shadow, it's so sweet :)

Ms. Burrito said...

Very pretty shadow shots!

Please come and see my shadow shots, have a great weekend!

ladyfi said...

Both shots are wonderful - the first for the bokeh and the second for the charming shadow.

twobarkingdogs said...

Lovely shadow, the light is just right!

Catherine said...

love the second shot - the mix of soft colours and textures...

kat said...

love the 2nd shot. You can make it as a background design for your note pad. Perfect.

Thanks for the visit Carletta.

Rosie@travel-i-tales said...

Two very charming shots of the thistle.I like that colour you chose for the trimming...coordinates with the mauve of the thistle flower.
Rosie

Gill - That British Woman said...

I don't have any problems growing thistles!!!

Great shots,

Gill in Canada

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They're such pretty things -- nothing else is quite the same color.

Shanna said...

I think thistle is the prettiest noxious weed around. I love the shadow and the bokeh.

Leora said...

That last shot with the shadow is a charmer.

Stephany said...

Great shadow shot! The thistle may not have been in pristine shape but the color is beautiful. One of my friends gave me some thistle pods. I don't know if I can grow them, or if I want to, in my yard. Maybe I'll plant them at my neighbor's when he's not home... ;-)