I realized that thistles are everywhere – at least where I have been. They can have absolutely beautiful blossoms but have wicked and nasty stickers. I have taken many, many photos of thistles – with butterflies, bees, hummingbirds…such a beautiful moment. To get to the beautiful flowering part you must encounter at least the wickedness of the stem. Maybe I have equated this with life – there are a lot of trials, but you can get through them to see the beauty. You tell me. For whatever reason, I am enamored with thistles. So there you have it.