Bramble Rose Fine Art Print
We have a love-hate relationship with perhaps the most common member of the rose family in the U.K., the bramble.
It can be invasive in our gardens, draw blood at the slightest brush, tear the most durable country clothing, and yet...
The flowers are a delicate, pink star in the gloom of woodland or hedgerow in early summer, and in autumn our lips, fingers and clothing are stained red and purple with blackberry juice.
They aren't true berries, but a kind of aggregate fruit, with each blob of juiciness surrounding a tiny, tooth-crackling seed.
But it is wildlife that benefits most from this despicable and delicious rose.
Many small creatures feast on the fruit, particularly dormice.
And the impenetrable bramble thickets protect nesting birds, as well as deer-tempting young tree seedlings.⠀
Come autumn, bramble and bramley apple pie will steam contentedly on many a family table after a Sunday roast.
Equally good is hot blackberry sauce poured over good vanilla ice cream, with a brief sprinkle of demerera sugar.⠀
But for now, appreciate the pale stellar flowers, and the bees that love them even more than we.
Photographed in late afternoon, in Oversley Woods, a double exposure (in camera)
Fine Art Giclée Limited Edition Print on gorgeous textured Hahnemühle German Etching paper.
Available as a standard-sized 12x16" (305x406mm) print, which is what I print for exhibitions, or a 16"x24" (406x309mm) print which makes for a very large statement piece, once mounted.