Thursday, August 21, 2008


Since I was outside with the camera the other night I thought I would get some thorn shots to share. I did not take a good picture of the entire rosebush because there is a pile of topsoil in front of it, and that corner is looking generally ratty - I will wait until it is a bit prettier before I share those.

I never realized how hard it would be to get close-up thorn shots. I needed to focus in very close, and even with the macro setting on my camera it kept wanting to focus beyond the thorns, or to go on manual focus. With no safe place to brace my arm or hand to steady it without needing a transfusion, I was nearly ready to go inside and find the tripod, but then I managed to get these two shots. Shooting on the southwest corner of the house in the late afternoon around a pile of topsoil was also challenging, as I had to watch the position of the sun carefully. I do like how it shone through the thorns in the smaller picture above -they really can be quite pretty - at a distance!!!

And it's so hard to hate the thorns when I get even more pretties like this to make up for it...


Connie said...

Mom says for low growing roses a "knockout" seems to be a wise choice.
Just stay away from tea Roses.
Lovely thorns - the photos make you almost want to reach out gently and touch the tip in disbelief. How can such a beautiful rosebush have such nasty thorns!

Love you sis!

Jill said...

i think even the thorns are pretty and they serve a purpose. might be a good lesson for the little one. i taught some of the kids in my life about why berries have thorns. they remembered the next year when picking berries and commented on it. who knew?

Darling Jill Quilts said...

Those look like they coudl take an eye out!!!

Barb said...

Beautiful pics Regina. Roses and thorns... metaphor for life, doncha think?