Photograph of the Week, November 13 2020

This proud and regal plant grows to a height of five feet.

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Rosemary Morrison, from Campbeltown, took this photograph of our national floral emblem while walking close to the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Course.

‘I love taking pictures of the surroundings I am so blessed to enjoy,’ she said.

‘I thought perhaps other people would enjoy the beauty of of our beloved magnificent Scottish Thistle.’

The thistle has been an important symbol of Scottish heraldry for over 500 years. It also represents one of the highest honours the country can give an individual.

This proud and regal plant, which grows to a height of five feet, has no natural enemies because of the vicious spines that cover and protect it like a porcupine.