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Macro Monday: Spikes and Stingers



Macro Monday - hosted by Lisa





Life cycle of an artichoke. (Click photos to enlarge for full effect.)










15 comments:

susan said...

Wow, that's so interesting. I've never thought about them other than how tastly they are. I think I like the second to the last pic best.

Happy Retirement!

Tracey said...

Oh my! Very educational. I would never have known that had you not posted it!

Jan said...

Great series. I found a small artichoke blossom, yesterday, in a sycamore grove. Happy Retirement. I've been retired for 12 years, and love it. I did miss the people contact, so I work at B&N 2-3 days, mainly for the books.

lisaschaos said...

This is great! I never knew they went through all this. Fun series! :)

Julia said...

Like everyone else I never knew the stages they went through. Great shots

Tere said...

Love your photos! I liked the 3rd one most! :)

Barb said...

Wow, I never would have thought of doing a life cycle. I'm glad that we harvest these yummy things at stage 2. Great shots!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi! One of those unexpected complete cycles..thanks for sharing your photographs are excellent! :)

Far Side of Fifty said...

Retirement! Way to go! Congrats! You live in such a beautiful area! My brother lives at Monmouth..I really love Oregon. I have not been to visit for a couple of years..but love the Columbia river, all the waterfalls and the grapes and the Pacific Ocean, and Mt Hood. How tall your trees are and my very favotite all the Hydrangeas in all colors. Nice to meet you!

Martha said...

These are such neat shots! Beautiful! :-)

Andi said...

I love this! I desperately want to grow my own artichokes.

DNLee said...

nice. a great photo essay

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interesting photos.

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Minxy Mimi said...

Thats so cool!
Love them... I visit Castroville, Ca occasionally...Its the Artichoke capitol of the world!