I can see how a thistle could be a controversial subject. On one hand, some folks may feel it’s ugly. In part, their reasoning might be based on the fact that it is a weed and, by default, weeds are hated, despised, and should be eradicated. I would concede that, despite being a nice purple color, the sharp thorns on the subject in Phinizy Thistle aren’t doing anything to help its pretty quotient. And I would agree that for golf courses and other sites that wish to maintain pristine grassy areas, controlling the weed population is essential. But where this subject was found, I would argue that they are just as important to the ecosystem as anything else. I focused my attention on it because it had a nice flower and because it permitted me to alter the perspective so that I could maximize the amount of yellow in the background. Being a flowering weed that is both pretty and ugly, perhaps thistle is just inherently contentious. The high level of detail allows pieces of pollen, surface texture, contours, individual hairs, and thorn points to be seen.