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Old Jan 2, 2005, 2:10 AM   #1
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I just thought I would try something other than birds. I still have over 700 pictures of ducks, hawks and other assorted birds to process but here's something different. For me.

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Old Jan 2, 2005, 11:33 AM   #2
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I love this shot... I like its composition. And isn't it nice to take a picture of something that isn't flying at 30 mph?

Happy New Year's right back atchya! :G

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Old Jan 2, 2005, 1:14 PM   #3
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different variety, apparently, but the thistles we have in WA seem just as prickly...
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Old Jan 2, 2005, 3:16 PM   #4
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Cool shots...

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Old Jan 2, 2005, 6:10 PM   #5
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squirl033 wrote:
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different variety, apparently, but the thistles we have in WA seem just as prickly...
Ok squirl, I did a little research and found out that they are a kind of thistle called "Teasles". They were a ninteenth century commercial crop in the UK.
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Teasle Harvest*

August 17th 1948 Bridgwater Mercury

Unusual Harvest At the farm of Mr N. T. Small, of Thornfalcon, Teasles are once more being grown this year. Teasles are used in the textile factories of the North for raising "nap" on cloth, and so far no substitute has been found for doing this. The teasle harvest of this country is confined to a small area of Somerset, the whole crop being sent for use in the woollen mills.

They grow wild all over the place in No. Ca. Mostly around marshy areas.

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Old Jan 2, 2005, 9:56 PM   #6
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Of course I spent most of the late summer pulling up and digging up the winter rosettes of thistle plants. None of our animals will graze in the area around them and that really limits things. But on the bright side, everytime I dug or pulled one up, there were 2 or 3 chickens rushing in to see what little worms, grubs or other little bugs were exposed for their dining pleasure.
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