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Noxious Beauty

Noxious Beauty
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-20
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(purple/violet) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-22 7:56
Viewed: 4888
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 100
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not much time to get out this weekend, and my best photo turned out to be a weed. This was taken at our local nature center. This is the flower of a Musk Thistle. A very evasive and noxious weed. Although it was very late morning, the light quality was still pretty decent. This giant flower was growing on a bank on the edge of the lake. The beautiful OOF backround was sunlit trees about 100 meters across the water. This was more of a grab shot than a well planned event. Occasional dumb luck on this one.

Musk thistle (Carduus nutans), a native of Eurasia, was probably introduced into the U. S. as an ornamental in the early 20th century. It spreads by seeds, often forming nearly impenetrable stands. It can grow under a wide range of environmental conditions. Left unchecked it will completely take over fields and pastures. It is considered a noxious weed in many states.

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  • Great 
  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-05-22 8:01]

Beautiful,very sharp,lovely contrasting bokeh.

Hi Scott,
Perfect exposure, BG, and color here..An excellent macro for its use of DOF, composition, detail, and POV.
Very well done!!

Very nice capture.. Everything is ok. Light, Sharpenning, Contrast, Color, DOF, Details are great...


Hi Scott,
Great composition. Details and DOF are right on.
I like the BG a lot as well.
I posted a Thistle as well a few days ago...
TFS - Shir

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-05-22 8:07]

Bonjour Scott, bien vu ce shot, belle lumiére et super piqué. Ce chardon se detache parfaitement sur le vert BG. Great contraste and DOF, best regards, Didier.

Very nice simple macro shot! Great colours, DOF, POV and details!

Hi Scott, wonderful coloures nad excelent shot. Very high quality and good notice. TFS

Hi Scott, Excllent details, great DOF, POV, BG, colors, Great work, TFS Kyle

Hi Scott,
Minimalistic nature, and beautiful... beautiful... beautiful..!
Simplicity works sometimes, ahhh in fact I think simplicity works... always! That is, if you know how to handle it! You do.
Pablo -

Hi Scatt, very good, congratulations.
I like POV, DOF colours.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-22 9:36]

Hello Scott,
Artistic capyure.Well seen and composed.I liked colors,simple BG,lighting,DOF,3D effect,perspective and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Wonderful shot ! This flower looks fantastic, I love purple flowers. Awesome details, colors and light. Excellent POV and composition. The green BG is very nice, the flower comes out so nicely.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-22 10:00]

Hi Scott,
great macro, love the fine details and excellent colors. Superp POV and DOF the flower separates beautifully from the background. Wonderful composition.

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  • ele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 15 N: 15] (382)
  • [2006-05-22 10:43]

complimenti bellissima foto i colori sono fantastici

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-05-22 11:04]

very pretty shot Scott,
the pov is great even as the good light and the fantastic colours, very good photo, good job,
gr. jaap

Beautiful image, notwithstanding its status as an agricultural pest, Scott.
The composition and colours are excellent.


great shot. simple, with wonderfull detail of the flower, against the green background.

greetings from Belgium

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-05-22 14:40]

Scott, I thought they were native, I see them everywhere ... this one is well captured, did you "cull" it after taking the photo? Just kidding ..


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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-05-22 14:51]

Hi Scott,
simple and still great, detail and colours are great.
I like simple compositions and this one is perfect.
Contrast to the background is too perfect.
very well

From your perspective it sure is a pretty weed. Fantastic exposure with very nice lighting with a beautiful soft green backdrop. :)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-22 20:47]

So sharp and well composed. A really great shot with nice colors and exposition. Well done Scott.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-22 23:59]
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Hi Scott
I nearly missed this impressive posting of yours. It just shows there is beauty in everything, even in a weed. One just needs to see it from the right POV or perspective and the loveliness unfolds.
This is a super shot presented in a perfect composition with stunning colours, amazing details, complimentary BG, and spot-on exposure.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-23 2:18]

Hi Scott!
Hmmm...so tough cops in USA take such beautifull and delicate photos? That's very good news my friend :-) I love this macro. Only two colours, perfect details and DOF. Composition is also very nice. Great job Scott!

Hi Scott,
You call it luck, I call it great eye for the hidden beauty. Most people would just walk by it, but you saw the composition. The b/g is very good and the light helped out perfectly. The details and color in the weed are beautiful.

Hello Scott, this is not a typical picture from you. But this photo is superb. Wonderful picture from a thistle! Brilliant colours, bg, excellent sharpness and POV. This is am excellent composition. Thank you my friend.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-23 3:50]

Hi Scott,
Wow, excellent colours and an absolutely perfect background! Very nicely framed and excellent detail. I think we kid ourselves that this should not be beautiful because it is a weed, but what's a weed? Just a name we decided on at some time. Great shot.

Hello Scott,
Lovely shot! This is a nicely looking thistle and you've captured it well. Great clear BG, lovely cvolours and perfect framing.
I like it!

Hi Scott

A very beautiful shot. Lovely details, great colour and composition. Fantastic BG colour. Top marks. Thanks.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-23 9:27]

Hi Scott
great composition whid beautiful Bg colours. Good sharpnes, details and POV.
Well done


hi scott
superbe,cela ressemble a un joli feu d'artifice dans un ciel de verdure.j'aime beaucoup ce contraste.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-05-23 14:03]

Hi Scott,

Excellent exposure, BG and color.
Very well done!!

TFS :-)

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-05-23 15:56]

Hi Scott,
Excellent Thisle close-up my friend.
I like your pov,colors,sharpness,clean green bg,framing,lighting and note.Well Done.TFS
Chris of Illinois

Hello Scott,
Excellent composition of a common flower, much more that decent. Good colours and details. In Argentina thistles are very common, they were introduced by Spaniard some centuries ago,I´m not sure but I think I never see this species.

INCREDIBLE, I wish it looked half as beautiful as this in real life. I mean this IS the real thing but your isolation here is incredible. The colors are vivid and your framing is very awesome. Lisa likes the shot alot and she's glad our dog Jinx didn't mess it up. Well done buddy, if this is dumb luck, I'll take a ton of it.


Hi Scott,
nice composition.
I really like the colors and the details,

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-05-24 22:28]

Hi Scott!

As I often say, SIMPLICITY always pay off (I hope my english is not to bad).
As usual focus and exposure are dead on. Composition and blured BG are great. Color contrast is beautifull and the low POV is perfect.

Splendid image and TFS.


A really good pic. The BG and DOF make the detail of the subject very noticible and the Composition, POV and sharpness are great. Good Subject choice. TFS,

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-05-26 0:16]

Muito bonito, boa composição (POV). Nitidez e profundidade ótimas. Cores e o fundo estão muito bons!

Very beautiful, good composition (POV). Clearness and great depth. Colors and the bottom are very good!

Hi, Scott.
Simple and very beautiful shot. EXcellent quality and composition. Superb colors and BG.

Hi Scott,
Very good shot!
Colors, composition and details are perfect!
Vey well done!
TFS Malgosia

No this is a silky and smooth bokeh... Very well done Scott. It has all the right stuff.

Your "dumb luck" payed off, this is a wonderful photo of the Thistle. I love the way the ends appear blue. Very detailed, sharp and clear, great lighting, the green background really sets it off, well done.

Wow - you really caught some wonderful detail in this thistle. - looks like it shold be a good source of nectar/pollen though even if it is a noxious weed.

You managed to pull this one off really well with great DOF and OOF BG. composition is v good as well.



Hi Scott, there is something about the lighting and the clarity of this shot that is really striking. That beautiful OOF BG plays a starring role too. It's easily one of the most beautiful invastive weeds I've seen! Stunning :)

Hi Scott,
A perfect picture. So smooth and well balance. All settings are on the spot. Excellent work and TFS.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-08-01 17:36]

hi Scott
congratulations superb thistle photo. homogeneous natural green background, DOF, POV, colours, details and note are great.

Hi dear Scott ,
very good focus.
nice BG.
well composed.


Well compose. Exposure is good. I like the purple with green match.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-18 10:48]

Hi Scott.
Common flower but how well you have presented it. Composition of the shot, details and sharpness of the flower, smoothness and colourfulness of the BG impress the imagination. Great art work. My best wishes and TFS.

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