This week I set out to my observation location and relaxed, soaked in nature, and observed for an hour or so. I had some really great observations from my still location, however, on the way back I walked through my neighborhood and saw all these wonderful roses at full bloom! So of course, “I stopped to smell the roses”.
While I was smelling (a.k.a. observing) I examined their vibrant colors, the petal synchronization, the stems, and growth patterns.
It was here the I began to notice other things ------> BIG THORNS!
I thought my observation time was over when I was finished “smelling the roses” but as I made my way back to my house I observed that …
… palm trees had thorns (saw-like teeth) !
… … wild bushes along the sidewalk had thorns (prickles) !
… … …pine trees have similar thorns (needles) growing outward !
… … … … even grasshoppers have thorns (spikes) along their back extension parts !
So as I tackled the “function of nature” this week my understanding is that the all these thorns, prickles and spines are a means for protection (a defense mechanism) to the plant or organism. I guess we can look to thorns as our natural barbwire! We could use plants with thorns as a security blanket around our homes to keep others out OR around fences that house chickens(other animals) to keep predators away.