What can I say, it gets a little crazy Mackinac in the summer and we all start suffering from "August Attitude" - I hope to recover soon.
So here is the proper post for August, a bull thistle.
It was difficult to capture the colors, as the flower is not just a flat purple, but a variety of purples, pinks and every combination in between.
The textures were fun to replicate, there's a lot of layering and dimension to this one.
I choose to eliminate the bee from the final image; I wanted to focus on the botanical aspect, as this is meant to be an herbarium page.