Macro Moments Week 26: Chardon Marie

We’ve all seen Milk Thistle extract in health shops – it’s supposed to be good for the liver – but it’s much less common to see the actual plant that it’s extracted from. As the name suggests, it’s a variety of thistle (the French name is Chardon Marie) that grows to quite a height. This one was a good seven feet tall.

I found this example, which had obviously just released its seeds, in a herb garden in the nearby village of Montrol-Sénard.

milk-thistle

Nikon D800 with Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ2.8 lens at 58mm. 1/000 at ƒ5.6 ISO 250. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments Week 26

Macro Moments Week 15: Thistle

‘Fall’ (which is to say ‘autumn’) is the theme for Musin’ with Susan’s Macro Moments Challenge this week.

It’s certainly getting to that time of year when the seedheads have done their work, as on this thistle in our garden (where it obviously has no right to be…)

thistle

Macro Moments Week 15