Before I started my 365 photoblog in 2012, I never noticed bull thistle, a giant purple thistle wildflower that is part of the sunflower family.  Now I see them all over, and think they are pretty cool. Here’s one that hasn’t yet burst open in purple spikes.

Another cobweb thistle in bloom last summer in Marin County On Today’s Date in the Past: Starting to Freeze Multiples:  Crosses in the Facade of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Plaza Lights

The cobweb thistle is a perennial herb native to California that blooms in the summer months.  I met this cobweb thistle while hiking near the Golden Gate Bridge last August. On Today’s Date in the Past: Wildflower Topped with Snow Lake Lenexa Barn in the Snow  

Thistles add quite a bit of purple to the native grasses and wildflowers that thrive here in the Midwest.  Before I started carrying my camera with me everywhere, I never noticed this particular variety.  Now, they’re one of my favorite things to capture.  This series was snapped during the “golden hour” while out on a […]

No matter how passive/aggressive the spring, I can count on the parsley, sage, and oregano to return in my garden.  I can also count on these pretty purple weeds.  Thankfully I was able to get most of them pulled and the soil tilled with the hope of getting good stuff into the garden before much […]