Texture – The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress weekly photo challenge is Texture.

I love the texture of the fluff on this thistle, which makes it look like a head of hair. I think you need a hair cut Mr Thistle!

Thistle Fluff
Thistle Fluff

The texture on these flowers, look almost sponge like.  What I hadn’t noticed when I took the picture, was that a fly was taking a nap on them. Maybe they were as soft as a sponge?

A fly takes a nap.
A fly takes a nap.

The texture on these conker pods are spiky.  It’s almost conker season here in the UK, which brings back many childhood memories of playing conkers in the school yard in early Autumn, just as the new school year was beginning.

Spiky conker pods
Spiky conker pods

The texture on this wooden bench makes it look very old.  I wonder how many bottoms have sat here and what thoughts and stories were told?

Old Wood
Old Wood

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26 thoughts

  1. Great textures, Hugh! I don’t know if it’s the perspective of the shot of yellow flowers, but that’s one BIG fly! Love the warm tones of the bench (and your comment). Does make one wonder 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Stacy. I hadn’t noticed the fly on the flowers when I took the picture, so I don’t think it was that big, but I had forgotten to take my spectacles out with me the day I took the picture, so maybe that was the reason 🙂 I just hate wearing them!

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  2. Hi Hugh, love that thistle (I have a bit of a like/dislike thing for them – my property is called Thistlemore -they spring up everywhere). The other pics are great to, but the thistle is my standout favourite.

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    1. Hey Claudette. What a great name for your property – Thistlemore, I love it. I don’t know if you watched the recent Commonwealth Games from Glasgow, but one of the mascots was a Thistle, although at first I thought it looked a bit like some purple sprouting broccoli! Thank you for the lovely comments. I’m really into the swing of things now as far as taking pictures goes. Next stop, Poetry!!

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  3. Excellent close up shots for this week’s theme, Hugh. My favourite one would have to be the yellow-spongy one. I’ve never seen them before – do the yellow things fly off when you move the flowers? I’m guessing no. It looks like a great bunch of flowers to put at home in a vase – bright and not much pollen floating around…unless the yellow bits are the pollen….

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    1. Hi Mabel. I’m not really sure what those yellow spongy flowers are. I’ll have to ask my partner as he’s an expert in all things plants. I would not be at all surprised if he tells me it’s a weed, because I often mistake some of our native weeds for flowers. No, those yellow bits were not pollen, as on the day I took the picture, it was quite windy so any pollen would have blown away.

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      1. That is good to hear the yellow bits are not pollen. I wouldn’t go near it if it was. They sure do look pretty. I’m sure it’s some sort of plant – it’s grown in a close cluster 🙂

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      2. I fear I have too tell you that it is a weed, Mabel. See what I mean by saying that I have absolutely hardly any knowledge about plants and flowers. Luckily for me, my partner does all the gardening, otherwise we would have a garden full of weeds!!

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      3. Ah, your partner has all the answers. Thank you to him. Pity that the yellow plant is a weed. But they do look very neat and nice, good enough to be placed in a jar and on the shelf at home.

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      4. I agree, but if I had picked them and placed them in a vase in our house, I’m sure he would not very pleased about it. If it wasn’t for him, I probably would have picked and displayed them. Just goes to show my knowledge about plants and flowers is very, very ,limited.

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    1. Those yellow flowers, much to my surprise, are a native weed here in the UK, Maria. I had no idea when taking the photo and it was my partner who informed me of this (he’s a plant and gardening expert) when I was asked the question by another reader. I would have happily picked them and placed them in a vase and put them on display. Can you imagine his face if I had done that?

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      1. Actually, Hugh, I would really like a jar with those yellow Pom Pom flowers in it. I love round shaped flowers and many of our native flowers here in Australia are Pom Pom shaped.

        A weed is just the wrong plant in the wrong place. Often ‘weeds’ are quite beautiful. 😊

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      2. I so agree with you, Maria, but my partner (he who is all expert in plants, flowers and gardening) would not be at all happy if I had a vase of those in the house. I wonder whot was that decided this plant was a weed in the first place? We have them to blame for this.

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      3. Sometimes it is an introduced plant from another country that takes over. I understand that the native wildflowers of any country are usually better.

        Often weeds are rampant growers. We have a wild daisy here that is lovely but not when it swamps the entire garden.

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