Trees of Blackthorn
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|The Blackthorn is a large shrub or a small tree of the genus Prunus, botanic name Prunus spinosa.|
The blackthorn is native to Europe, western Asia, and north Africa. The common name is derived from its dark bark and skin, and from the thorns or spines that it bears. It is covered in white flowers in early spring, and is often the first flowering tree in the countryside in its native regions. The flowers are hermaphroditic and insect pollinated, going on to produce a dark purple fruit called the sloe (or in the Scots language, slaes).
The fruit is similar to a small damson or plum, suitable for preserves, but rather tart for eating (unless deeply frozen, as it is practiced in Eastern Europe); in rural Britain so-called sloe gin is made from them, though this is not a true gin but a liqueur. In Navarra, Spain, patxaran is a popular liqueur made with sloes. Sloes can also be made into jams and, if preserved in vinegar, are similar in taste to Japanese umeboshi.
The blackthorn is extensively planted for hedging and for cover for game birds. Some forms are grown for ornament and flower. The small thorns of the plant are relatively common causes of minor wounds in livestock, and these wounds often suppurate until the thorn is expelled or removed.
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Very clear capture of the blackthorn.
I like the way you managed to present it to us in this composition, filling the upper part of the frame, and letting the light grasses at down to complement the pciture.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,
Hermosa presentación con las ramas de los árboles ocupando la parte superior de la imagen mientras la hierba ocupa la inferior...
Buenos colores y matices.
Saludos amiga, JL.
- [2007-10-04 18:08]
A very lovely pastoral scene.The lighting is very good.The focus is sharp with excellent details.A well balanced image,well composed.The information is excellent I learned some new things.TFS