Here is my question of the day; Why do rose stems have thorns? I was out shooting more photos of Azaleas (I only have a few hundred!) today when my pant(s) leg got caught in some of these. The thorns are really pretty (in my humble opinion). This is a small section of the climbing rose that was planted next to a tree... either before the big Water Oak tree was starting out life as a tree or when it was small. The tree (and the climbing rose) are very near the 'sidewalk' in front of the house. Power lines and the tree are not friendly to each other. The tree trimming crew (city utilities) just hate it when they have the task of trimming branches because the crew invariably get into thorns like this every time the job has to be done. The rose vines (canes?) go all the way to the top of the tree and every spring, the tree is full of white roses. Well...not THAT full, but a person can see them if they look up!