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Aboon the English Rose In Scotland grows a warlike flower, <br />
Too rough to bloom in lady&#039;s bower; <br />
His crest. when high the soldier bears, <br />
And spurs his courser on the spears. <br />
O there it blossoms - there it blows <br />
The thistle&#039;s grown aboon the rose.<br />
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(part of a poem named &#039;Aboon the rose&#039; by Allan Cunningham [1784-1842]) Canon  EF12mm II,Cotton Thistle,Geotagged,Onopordum acanthium,The Netherlands,macro,soligor 12mm,soligor 20mm,soligor 36mm Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Aboon the English Rose

In Scotland grows a warlike flower,
Too rough to bloom in lady's bower;
His crest. when high the soldier bears,
And spurs his courser on the spears.
O there it blossoms - there it blows
The thistle's grown aboon the rose.

(part of a poem named 'Aboon the rose' by Allan Cunningham [1784-1842])

    comments (6)

  1. Ode to Scotland, rough, solitary, honest, so abundant in inner strength. Posted 6 years ago, modified 6 years ago
  2. The mirkest cloud, the darkest night,
    Shall ne'er make dim that beauteous light:
    And the best blood that warms my vein
    Shall flow ere it shall catch a stain.

    Though at the moment I have much too little time to swim in JungleDragon inspiration,
    its attraction never fades!
    Just like the blueness of this thistle.

    This is a macro shot of a cotton thistle, the inspiration of many a Scott, proud and stubborn.

    Hugs, Ludo
    Posted 6 years ago, modified 6 years ago
  3. Ps. I did not overblue the image or such. The beauty of macro detail. Posted 6 years ago
  4. I love the artistic effect on this one Ludo, taking photography to a deeper meaning. Promoted! Posted 6 years ago
  5. Hey Ferdy, I love you love it:) Thanks for appreciating the image. And indeed beautiful in blue, if I may say so. Thx for the promo! Posted 6 years ago
  6. Mysterious phantasy in blue (not black and white) ;-) Posted 6 years ago

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''Onopordum acanthium'' , is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to Europe and Western Asia from the Iberian Peninsula east to Kazakhstan, and north to central Scandinavia, and widely naturalised elsewhere. It is a vigorous biennial plant with coarse, spiny leaves and conspicuous spiny-winged stems.

Similar species: Asterales
Species identified by Ludo Sak
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Uploaded Mar 3, 2013. Captured Mar 1, 2013 20:12 in Aldenheerd 3, 6003 NV Weert, The Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/22.0
  • 30s
  • ISO100
  • 50mm