I thought the first one was painting when I saw it then realised it was the real thing. You eat them though I have never tried one. The teasels you have grow wild round here
Did you use Photoshop to make the first "painterly" (Dog, I hate that word!) or was it photographed in haze? It is an extraordinary photo. It is artwork.Then the thistle...hey, wait, did Robin Photoshop that thistle onto the artichoke?! Then I saw that it was an artichoke flowering and had to laugh at myself.The agave...oh my! It's lines and textures and varying shadow densities. Beautiful!I've heard of teasel, but I've never seen it. It looks like the love child of a thistle and a clover.
The artichoke photo is gorgeous!!
I agree, that artichoke photo is a keeper and could be framed.
Beautiful... One thing I miss the most is central coast artichokes. Could eat one every day, hot or cold.We have a gigantic agave here. I will have to take a few pictures and share them sometime. I want to learn to extract the gel. One of many things on the to do list.
Hi Everyone! Thank you for your comments here. I took that photo of the artichoke through our bedroom window. That's why there is that soft look to it. It does look like a painting! I printed it, put it in a frame, and hung it on our dining room wall. That artichoke hasn't flowered yet, but it's getting close. The one I photographed here is in front of a neighbor's house. We have four artichoke plants in the yard right now. Yum!
The first picture is stunning. (you may know that I shared it on FB when you first posted it--I gave you credit!) It makes me want to grow some artichokes just to see them flower. I wonder if they could stand the heat in San Jose, I'll have to check on that.
lindaj-- I remember that you shared the photo! I have been photographing the artichoke quite a bit lately. It's really starting to open, and it's quite beautiful. I can't wait until it flowers. It would be so cool if you could grow them in San Jose.
Lindaj's comment reminds me that quite a few years ago, I was on a garden tour in the hilltowns of western Massachusetts. One gardener was growing artichokes. Mind you, artichokes don't grow in this climate, but she loved them so much, she figured out how to do it successfully!
CCorax-- Not only are they delicious, they are incredibly photogenic. Such a beautiful thistle!