Humans are not fond of thistles and usually try to avoid being in contact with them in the field. They are full of spiny, thorny and brittle branches and can leave nasty scratches. This foul plant, however, is a tantalizing attraction to many small flying creatures in the summer months. Thistles grow wild in some of the most inhospitable places. Though hikers aren’t attracted to them, hummingbirds, sphinx moths, butterflies and the lesser finches find the plants alluring. I found an abundance of thistles in bloom bordering a lake in Show Low, Arizona. I spent a good deal of time observing the activity around these wild plants. After some time I set up my camera gear and committed to patiently sitting in the warm summer sun. I was rewarded with close-up interaction with a number of flying little creatures, especially hummingbirds. I plan to seek out these thistles again, capture more photos to treasure, and enjoy the activity of these creatures as well.