Posted by: Sally Ingraham | May 4, 2011

Prickly Spring

One of my favorite things about spring is how you notice things in a new way. On a hike recently, I couldn’t get over how yellowy-green this tree was:
After a color starved winter, it was like I had never seen such greenness before. And I came to a shocked stop before this:
Such pretty thorns! Maroon branches bristling with vigor and fierce GROWTH – spring popping the last pretense of winter. By all means, have at it!


  1. Love that last picture, the contrast of the cranberry branches with the white thorns is so pretty. I see buds on some but although I’m sure the flowers are beautiful, I like the stalks just as they are in your photo

    I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a tree with yellow/green needles like this, it’s cool!

    • Thanks Amy! I can’t remember if this is the same thorny bush that just remains thorny and leafy, or if it is the other type of thorny bush that produces beach roses. Either way, I had never noticed how pretty the thorns were before this, and that was worth discovering. 🙂

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