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Prickly Thistle Opening

When thinking of pretty summer flowers, I'll have to admit that the thistle doesn't come to mind first. There are roses, dahlias, marigolds, lilies, and peonies that bloom with lovely colors and heavenly scents.

thistle beginning to open with prickly bloom

Beauty can be found in different ways though, as long as we are willing to look at them in a different way. I was out for a drive last week and pulled down a side road that had quite a few thistles blooming.

This one that was just begining to open caught my eye though. The thick green layers of leaves with the bright purple inside starting to open up was stunning. The first layers of the flower opening mimic the pointy green outer leaves. While not traditionally beautiful, my nature loving eye couldn't look away.

Soft puffy purple thistle flower
In a day or so, the prickly but beautiful thistle will open up fully and become a puffy purple flower you can see as it holds it's head up tall over the grass fields.

White Spring Blossoms

tiny white flower blossoms on tree

Spring blossoms have come to the trees and they are so lovely to look at. Delicate white and pink flowers dot the trees and remind us of the beauty that can be found in the beautiful world around us.

Colorful Barn in the Snow

Colorful barn in the snow

Brightly colored barns stand out so nicely against the fresh, white newly fallen snow. Driving through the countryside on a winter day can be so peaceful. The crisp air, quiet farms, fresh blanket of snow, beautiful animals, majestic towering mountains, and colorful barns combine to create a relaxing excursion.

Sunflower in the Snow

winter sunflower with snowflakes and ice crystals

The snow falls softly on the sunflower which bloomed so prettily last autumn. Not a normal sight that you expect to see....a flower from the fall and winter season weather clashing in a stark difference. While my garden could use some clearing, I'm glad that I had the opportunity to capture this beautiful moment.
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