The WordPress Daily Prompt has the theme of Thorny. One idea sprung to mind immediately when I saw this one: the Scottish beauty of gorse!
Gorse is ubiquitous across the highlands and isles, where it adorns many hills with a lush coat of yellow that looks so beautiful from a distance. It is a pioneer that knows how to protect itself with thorny spikes that are strong and almost an inch long; any encounter with this defense mechanism is sure to leave an impression that is not soon forgotten.
Here’s a quick shot that shows both the beauty and the beast….
This was captured on the lovely isle of Mull, where it abounded. Where you get a dense conglomeration of gorse brushes, there is no passing without strong protection.
Have a wonderful day!