Every day, a photograph, a poem.
This is one of our favorite stops on I-90 by Ellensburg, WA. These dried thistle around the property at Olmstead Place Homestead State Park amazed us. There’s no way you could touch them when dried like this, and even when they flower so beautifully, the stem and leaves also feature that spikey, pokey defense they have against the grazing herbivores like the local deer. But, the bees need the flower and the songbirds love its seeds.
How sharp and strong are those spikes? Here’s Scott using the thistle as a hair / whisker brush: Thistle as Hair Brush
Dried thistleSheri Edwards
a prairie urchin?
all pokey with spikes
a bully of a flower
from the herbivore;
Still, it’s flower the bees need
And songbirds will eat its seeds.