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Golden Thistle by Althytrion Golden Thistle by Althytrion
Full size view, please! :D

Carlina vulgaris, the Common Carline Thistle, is a very beautiful thistle native to continental Europe and Asia. In most cases it grows on dry limestone soils, especially in Southern Germany and the Alpine region. :)

Its German name is Golddistel (Gold Thistle), or Kleine Eberwurz (literally 'Lesser Boar Root' ). Together with its sister species, the Silberdistel (Silver Thistle, Carlina acaulis), they are famous for indicating the weather - since the flowers react on the humidity of the air. ;) Both species of Carline Thistles are quite often collected as a souvenir.
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HA91 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
It's so shiny :omg:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
:nod:

Thankies! :thanks:
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wytrvn Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
This reminds me of a sunflower...
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mystumpf Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful this flower!
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erene Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
Awesome capture. Amazing detail and lighting!
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keshae Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
This is gorgeous and so graceful! It looks like the dying cousin of the sunflower, but packed with plenty of interesting features. Thanks for sharing once again.
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Deliciaa Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
Your excellent work has been featured in my recent journal [link] :rose:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thank you very much, Mia! :blowkiss:
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Professional Artist
:clap:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
:bow:
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dutchshun Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
Oh WoW !

What a visual treat, specially in full size view.
A beautiful thistle !
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thank you very much, Jo! :hug:
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dutchshun Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
My pleasure. :)
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maska13 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
I am in first see this kind of thistle, very interesting!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thank you, Tanya! :hug: Well, I think it should grow also in the Mediterranean. ;)
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maska13 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
:)
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Deliciaa Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
Fantastic Kevin.. just love the golden color.. stunning!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thank you so much, Mia! :hug:
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1001G Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
love the focus on this kevin
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thank you very much, Edie! :hug:
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1001G Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
very welcome indeed kevin
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sametimenxtyr Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
Such amazing detail and beautiful colours, Kev!!!! :+fav:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thank you very much, Koni! :hug:
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sametimenxtyr Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Always a pleasure!!! :hug:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
so beautiful:clap:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thank you so much, Linley! :hug:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
u are so welcome Kevin!!:iconyoureverywelcome:
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Deb-e-ann Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
This is amazing on full view :D
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Yes, I was surprised, too, when I first saw this pic on my computer monitor - the view on the display of the cam was only promising. ;)

Thank you very much, Debbie! :hug:
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AmiraMora Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
8-) :clap:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
:bow: Danke schön! :hug:
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a beauty Kevin :clap:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thank you very much, Helen! :bow:
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :D
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
Cool!!!!!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thanks a lot, Dave! ;)
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
your welcome
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Stunning! (How do they react to the humidity?)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thank you, Ruth! :blowkiss:

When the humidity increases, the outer 'flower leaves' close, cover the flower basket and protect it from upcoming rainfall. ;)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
How clever! You've really got to wonder if there's some small intelligence at work with some of these plants...
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Very interesting, subtle coloring. Gorgeous shot, tack sharp.
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thank you so much, Barbara! :blowkiss:
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one-dryad Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
*loving the rich colors* Wonderful, Kevin! :clap:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thank you very much, dear Dawn! :hug:
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one-dryad Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so welcome, my friend. :cuddle:
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Vividlight Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Sweet:D
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thanks a lot, Ed! :bow:
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Vividlight Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
welcome my friend:)
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SaltiDog Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Oh my! That`s amazing.
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thank you so much, dear Nastya! :aww:
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