Sunday, 23 August 2009

Today's Flowers - Disteln und Enzian

Wollkopf-Kratzdistel (Cirsium eriophorum), the Woolly Thistle




And...
Schwalbenwurz-Enzian (Gentiana asclepiadea) - the Willow Gentian




On our hiking tour in the Austrian Alps near Styria's capital Graz,
two hours by car from Vienna,

we found many of these beautiful Alpine flowers
on the Alpine meadows of mountain Hochlantsch.

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17 comments:

VALKYRIEN said...

Love your shots Maria! I didn't see what it was on the first shot, I thought you had an unknown species to show us! :)
And the blue is gorgeous, with a lovely blue color!

And thank you for your kind words at my blog last Sunday!

Travis Erwin said...

Thistle blooms are indeed pretty but not worth the hassle and barbs the plants create.

Sandy Kessler said...

I am overwhelmed by all this beauty

Pat said...

Beautiful and exotic looking flowers! Thanks for sharing.

Donna said...

Spectacular photos! You must have had a wonderful hike!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I don't believe I've ever seen a woolly thistle before. Looks exotic to my eyes. I love gentians because of their gorgeous shade of blue.

Denise said...

Hi Maria, those flowers are gorgeous and what a wonderful walk it must have been. The scenery is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing them.

Arija said...

Maria i can only oooh and ahh over your superb shots! That first thistlehead and the last shot ot the Emzian are fabulous, just amazing captures.

Kessi said...

Soetwas habe ich noch nie gesehen!! :) Herrlich. Ganz liebe Grüße Kessi

Marju said...

Just wonderful pictures, I love those colors!

Gunilla said...

What fantastic thistle blooms.

And the Gentiana, with the blue colour beautiful.

Gunilla in Sweden

Tricia said...

They're sticky looking, but they're very pretty - I really like the purple one! Great shots

avagdro said...

Thanks Maria for sharing some great adorable pictures of flowers.

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