I remember my first brave adventures on my own, barefoot and tan, racing down the dirt road south of our farm to an old wooden bridge spanning Little Turtle Creek in central South Dakota. There I found an abundance of these intoxicatingly fragrant, pink, wild roses thriving along the banks of the creek. I loved to lie beneath them in the summer inhaling their fragrant beauty and listening to the wind rippling across the long grasses of the pasture.

During a particularly difficult time in my life the wild prairie rose began to carry an extra special significance for me. At the age of 32 I made a special 4 hour drive back to that creek, dug out 2 or 3 healthy plants with my bare hands, wrapped the roots in a wet towel and transplanted them into my own garden. They love their new home and blossom profusely! They are taking over everything! The other night as I was lying on my belly, very very carefully trying to weed around the base of the roses I remembered a couple of quotes that had become very meaningful to me during the hard times.

The first says, “Por el amor de una rosa, el jardinero es serviente de mil espinas.”

In order for the gardener to earn the love of a single rose he must be servant to a thousand thorns. How much like life this is. Sometimes we too must endure many painful lacerations for a singular occasion of beauty.

The other quote is by Heine “Rabbi of Bacharach” which says “He who reaches with a clumsy hand for a rose must not complain if the thorns scratch.”

Yes, sometimes we bring trouble on ourselves but these words remind me there will be times when others avoid us or won’t risk intimacy with us because they have not treated our souls gently and were “pierced” as a result of their own clumsiness or lack of attentiveness.


  • Christopher Birtwistle-Smith
    Christopher Bi...over 5 years ago

    love the translucence of the spikes in this

  • Thank you Christopher

    – Dawne Olson

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 5 years ago

    Really love how it is illumnated! Beautiful color and composition and your words ring so true!

  • Thanks Joanne

    – Dawne Olson

  • DryFlyPhoto
    DryFlyPhotoover 5 years ago

    We have one of these in our rock garden and every year there appears a new on a distance away from the parent. It is near one of our honeysuckles and we are not sure which is the more fragrant.

  • ha ha.. thanks Scott!! They tend to want to take over a space… they do that for me as well. These get so tall!! ten feet maybe!?

    – Dawne Olson

  • Shell59
    Shell59over 5 years ago

    How fitting those words for such a beautiful creation!
    Thanks for sharing that…;0)

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearover 5 years ago

    The magic of nature Dawne and the words chosen were perfection ;) xoxox

  • Thank you Tammy, it means so much to me.

    – Dawne Olson

  • PatriciaLM
    PatriciaLMover 5 years ago

    This is superb! the lighting is stunning Dawne! and the colour contrast is just perfect…
    Patricia :-)

  • Thank you…I really love the light through those thorns too

    – Dawne Olson

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