While on a walk, I saw these weeds growing out of control between a dirt road and a railroad track. (Factoid: this track is part of a route that’s touted as one of the 10 best and most scenic rail rides in the world, “The Adirondack” route along the Hudson River. Needless to say, it’s on my bucket list! Sorry, got off track for a moment, so to speak.)
Anyway, the unique pure white globes drew me in. Upon further investigation, I learned this is known as a Globe Thistle, (aka Star Frost, or White-Balled thistle) and is a perennial plant that forms a bushy, upright mound of dark green thistly-looking leaves, bearing 3′ branched stems of spherical flowers; supposedly they make an excellent border in a garden. Weeds often make for pretty flowers!
I ultimately wanted to see a tall purple globe (vs. the oft-seen low lying ones), so did some more post-editing with different backgrounds. Liked the white gold result as well.