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Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense)
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Canada Thistle - 01
(Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense) - 01) The Canada Thistle is the most common of the thistles in our area.  The bloom is a series of small slender tubular flowers.  Without some magnification it is very difficult to see the individual flowers. The actual size of this bloom is about 1/2 inch, and the size of the entire flower head is about 1 inch in diameter. 
Canada Thistle 02

(Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense) - 02) The Canada Thistle has several flowering heads on each branch or cyme.  While looking at the beauty of the thistle, we are reminded of God's pronouncement to Adam for his disobedience (Genesis 3:17-18):

Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you shall eat of the plants of the field;

To us, it seems that the thistle is a reminder that in all our hardships and troubles there is still some beauty, if we take the time to look for it.

Canada Thistle - 03
(Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense) - 03) The Canada Thistle blooms from July to September.  It is a member of the Aster (Asteraceae) family. 
Canada Thistle - 04
(Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense) - 04) The individual five petaled tubular flowers of the Canada thistle can be more clearly seen in this enlargement, particularly to the center of the photo. 
Canada Thistle - 06
(Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense) - 06) A guest for breakfast: A bumble bee came to partake of the morning entree presented at the Canada Thistle's roadside cafe. 
Canada Thistle - 07
(Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense) - 07) "Wow!  There are more goodies over here," we imagine the bumble bee to be thinking as it flits from one flower to another on this Canada thistle bloom cluster. 

While looking at the beauty of one of God's creations, we are treated to another.  Let us work together to preserve the whole of our environment and the various species that live in it. 

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