I'm sure that there's some deep symbolism in the fact that these beautiful, seemingly fluffy flowers soon turn into sharp, merciless thorns. I'm not sure what it is... :)
Here's a ruby that I found last year, and came across now, looking through my archives:
Click on the photo, if you'd like to get a closer view. And do check out Mary's blog, Work of the Poet, for more rubies of the day. Happy Ruby Tuesday, everyone!