Wild Flowers by Kirsten Bruening

This close-up photograph of a flowering thistle was taken on an afternoon walk with our dog. As we ran through the fields together, we suddenly stood in front of these beautiful purple wildflowers. The thistle is the national flower of Scotland. Legend has it that a group of Scottish warriors slept and were saved from an invading army of Northmen by one of their enemies stepping on this prickly plant. His painful cry woke the sleeping warriors, who defeated the attackers and elevated the thistle to its national symbol.

Nikon D800, Exposure 1/160 sec @ f/2.8, Focal Length 50 mm, ISO 100

Award Winner
Photo of the Day

Award Date
July 20, 2019



Value 11
Clarity 11
Composition 16
Style 11
Skill 12

Award Category
Color Photography

Photograph Location
Bochum, NRW, Germany

Kirsten Bruening is an amateur photographer and lives near Cologne. Her passion for photography started in her childhood and she spent many years exploring analogue photography. After a long break of fifteen years, she returned to photography. She loves black and white photography in nature, portraiture, and wildlife. She believes nothing can convey more expression to emotions and beauty than the play of light and shadow. She plans an extra-occupational study in photography and wants to deepen her knowledge.

Current Location
Cologne, Germany


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