Soft and Spiky?

A thistle. A soft thistle?

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Nikon D5100 f/5.6 1/180s ISO 100 Nikkor 55-300mm lens – Summer 2012

No, a thistle that has the feel of a watercolor painting, with soft focus and soft colors.

Sunny Golden Bliss

Ahh, the wonderful feeling when the sun is golden and all the world is gilded by the sun’s kisses!

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Golden Sunlight Kisses the World

The sunshine softens hardy leaves, highlights fantastical shapes, and even transforms those sharp thorns into beautiful sculptures.