Skim through my portfolio and you'll see lots of leaves and flowers. It's hard to avoid when you're a nature photographer and other nature subjects - like wildlife or waterfalls or mountain ranges - are hard to come by without doing some traveling.
So I'm always on the lookout for nature shots with a subject that's not a flower or a leaf, just to mix things up a bit.
I found one this week.
They say every rose has its thorn. Actually a big-hair band said that in one of those annoying power ballads from the 80's. I'm sure their fans were very impressed by the not-so-clever (and all too obvious) symbolism of the lyrics. That plus, you know, all the big hair and stuff.
But I digress.
Most roses actually have lots of thorns. I got up close and personal with a rose bush and got a shot of a few of them:
Pretty sharp little suckers. You don't want to bump in to one. Much like the lyrics to an 80's power ballad, it can be painful.