Dedicated to the Preservation and Restoration of the Whole of Creation: Humans - Animals - Environment
"And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.
And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day" (Genesis 1:31)
(Wild Rose, Rosa Rugosa - 06) This is another look at the wild rugosa rose. The rose is one of the flowers that remind us of the way God deals with sinful human beings. After Adam had disobeyed God (Genesis 3), God told Adam that his disobedience had cursed the ground and that thorns and thistles would grow where he had to till the ground to grow food (verses 17 and 18). Nothing could be thornier than the rugosa rose, but in the midst of all the thorns, God places these beautiful flowers to remind us of his forgiving grace, if we are willing to accept it, and to also remind us that as peacemaking children of God (Matthew 5:9), we can free creation from this curse of corruption (Romans 8:18-23), if we are willing to do so.
(Wild Rose, Rosa Rugosa - 06a) In this bee's eye view of the wild rugosa rose flower, we can see the sunlight highlighting the many stamens.
(Wild Rose, Rosa Rugosa - 07) In this photo of the wild rugosa rose, we can see both a flower with a single layer of overlapping petals, and a flower with double petals.
(Wild Rose, Rosa Rugosa - 07a) This is a little closer look at both types of wild rugosa rose flowers.
(Wild Rose, Rosa Rugosa - 08)
In this photo of the wild rugosa rose, we can see the single layer of petals on
the flower on the lower left, and double rows of petals on the other two
(Wild Rose, Rosa Rugosa - 08a) It is much easier to see the 5 individual 4.5cm broad by 4cm long overlapping petals when there is only one layer of petals. Each flower can also have 100 or more stamens arranged in a fan around the central pistils. In our area, the wild rugosa rose begins to bloom around the 1st of June and sometimes will continue to bloom until October.
(Wild Rose, Rosa Rugosa - 09) The filtered sunlight coming through the leaves of the tree above, gives this wild rugosa rose an interesting perspective. Rosa rugosa can also have white flowers, but they don't grow on the same bush.
(Wild Rose, Rosa Rugosa - 09a) The way the sunlight is hitting these wild rugosa rose leaves, it highlights the corrugated appearance.
(Wild Rose, Rosa Rugosa - 10)
This is another look at some of the wild rugosa roses.
(Wild Rose, Rosa Rugosa - 10a) In the lower left of this photo, we can see a wild rugosa rose leaf with nine leaflets.
Presented here are just a few of the countless components of God's creation. Just as we cannot have human and animal life without water and plants, neither can we have lasting peace without love and compassion. It is our hope and prayer that this series will motivate people to live and act in a cruelty-free manner; that we would no longer hurt or destroy each other, the animals or our environment.