Monday, June 30, 2008

Teasel: A Crown of Thorns

As I was composing this image, I was struck by the thought that the Teasel head appears as a Crown of Thorns.

Teasel, a prickly plant of the over grown meadows and roadsides is great to photograph but beware of touching. Last year dry brown teasel appeared many times in the blogs I visit regularly attesting to its popularity as a photographic subject.

Tom over at Wiggers World posted about it, describing its past use in carding wool along with photographs of crafts created by his better half. After beating the seeds out of the dried heads my wife has successfully used Teasel in her autumn flower arrangements.

However stately and beautiful a Teasel plant may be, I can attest to the fact that it is no fun to bare-handed grab a bale of hay containing dried Teasel.


Kerri Farley said...

I love this one Salty! I took one Almost identical to this one today when I was out. They are a very unique looking plant!
Great shot!!

Shionge said...

It seems as though the centre of gravity ain't gonna affect this plant....wonderful :D Luv it!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Very interesting image. Nice depth of field.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Salty: Nicely shown, it is also no fun to run into the plant when hunting. Ir does like to grab hold.

Tom said...

Great Picture Salty.. you've just reminded me to get a few pictures of these in flower... as for the spikes, I agree.