Flower of Scotland

This beautiful yet lethal flower, the Scottish Thistle has some wonderful history.

A delightful, brief and humorous history is better explained here:


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up.”


Thorny Beast of the Dunes

This thorny beastie (which to date, I have been unable to identify), living amongst the sand dunes of Lancashire, England, is a real beauty to behold …

… provided you stand well back that is, as this thistle’s spines are pretty vicious.

Today’s contribution to Tuesdays of Texture (de monte y mar).