I fell in love with the thistle recently. It's a prickly little plant with a flower on top. I had no idea it's also the national emblem of Scotland with a crazy story behind it about a Viking warrior who stepped on one and yelled out, waking up the sleeping scottish army he was trying to sneak attack. Take that Vikings! It's also said to bring peace and harmony if planted outside your home. Whatever the history or myth behind the thistle plant, I think they make a great art subject. My next hand carved stamp project perhaps? Until then, here are some of my favorite thistle-themes finds.