Captured Moments – Texas Thistle

We have several varieties of thistle growing in our area.  The main one is Texas Thistle Cirsium texanum  (of course 😉 )

The Texas thistle grows 2-5 feet tall, without branches, or sparingly branched near the top. The numerous leaves are alternate, 4-9 inches long, smaller on the upper third of the stem. Leaves are green above and white below, with a woolly texture on the underside. The irregular lobes have spines at the tip but few elsewhere on the leaf. There is 1 flower head to a stem, with no ray flowers but numerous disk flowers, which are deep rose-lavendert.

Bumblebees work the flowers when they mature.

Thistle seed

New Camera, Flowers and Bugs. Oh My.

I recently received a new camera for my birthday.  It is an Olympus Pen Lite E-PL5.  It is a Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera.  I wanted more than my Canon point and shoot camera, which I love and has served me well, but has some issues that I have found limiting.  I was not willing to step up to a large Digital SLR.  This is my compromise.  It is smaller than the larger Nikon DSLR I had at one time, allows for some creative choices and  interchangeable lenses with the fun aspects of point and shoot.  It came with a 14-22mm zoom lens and I also bought a 40-150mm zoom.  I am still getting used to it, but I like it more every time I use it.  Today I took it out to try some macro shots and was satisfied with the results.

Ratibida columnaris

Katydid on Gallardia

Katydid on Gallardia

Spiderwort

Spiderwort

Fuzzy Caterpillar

Fuzzy Caterpillar (I see myself in this one – lol)

Beetles feasting in Cactus bloom

closeup of Beetles in Cactus bloom

closeup of Beetles in Cactus bloom

Peach

Fuzzy Peaches

Peach

Peach

Yucca Bloom

Yucca Bloom