Monday, July 27, 2009

Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

This macro shot is of some sort of Thistle growing in my backyard. This as always been one of my favorite flowers.

As you may know, the thistle is the national emblem of Scotland (at least, the scottish thistle is). The story goes that invading Vikings, while sneaking upon some outpost, stepped barefoot on some thistle, cried out in pain, and alerted the defenders.

I don't know if this thistle in Colorado is the same type of thistle found in Scotland, but it amuses me to imagine Vikings sneaking around my backyard. Of course, I've not a clue why a Football team from Minnesota would do that...

This was my first entry into Macro Mondays (be sure to visit).

12 comments:

Kath said...

Great shot ... The commentary made me laugh! The thistle also looks like it could be something from under the sea!

amanda said...

Amazing clear macro and the color is so deep, very nice Russ!

mitt vattenhål said...

thistles have beautiful flowers
and all the thing you cannot see with your eyes that comes to live in macro :-)
welcome and enjoy!!

and thanks for your comment

Sarah said...

Wow great shot!! Love the color!! Amazing what you see when you get so close up!! Sarah

Nicole said...

That's not a thistle.
That's an alien attack!
Can't you see them?!
:D
Gorgeous macro and I love the popping colours!

cieldequimper said...

Gorgeous macro. I love the story of the Viking invaders, it has always made me laugh. This is too much of a macro for me to compare it with the Scottish thistles (a word most French love to pronounce!) I've seen in Scotland! Maybe some expert will come along and tell you!

VALKYRIEN said...

Gorgeous macro! It looks like it is blowing in the wind! Fun story also, and as a valkyrie I can tell you that the Vikings took the thistle back to Norway... to make sure they didn't step on it next time....:)

Bryan said...

Wha daur meddle wi me?????

Gaelyn said...

Love the thistle and the story. Vikings indeed.

Regina said...

So great!

T and S said...

The images shows that the photographer is very knowledgable in the use of DOF. Nice shot Russ

Russ said...

Thanks all!