What’s in a (common) name?


I know we “did” thistles the other day, but I ran into this picture from a year ago today when a select group of us went to Seney on a picnic and photography excursion.

The Botanist, if I remember right, said this was an introduced species, and he called it a Russian thistle. When I google that phrase, the search is dominated by tumbleweed entries—apparently that’s another common name. But that doesn’t mean The Botanist wasn’t right!


  1. kayak woman says:

    I was thinking “that was us!” (Seney, a year ago). But it couldn’t have been because this is the 11th and we drove south on the 12th.

    But we had fun when we *did* go to Seney!

  2. Sammy says:

    It was you; I tricked you with a late post….

  3. kayak woman says:

    Aha! Yeah, that *would* be right then. I remember refusing to go on an inland kayak trip on the 11th with the north country trail folks. too hot and I was exhausted. Not from Seney though.