Those of you who have visited us in Vermont know how close we are to the Red Bridge over the Black River. Partially as a discouragement to individuals who want to cross our property as a short cut to the river and mostly for beauty, Claire has planted roses along the road approaching the bridge. But not just any roses could make it in this location. In the winter the snowplows dump large volumes of snow embedded with road salt and sand right on top of these roses. Luckily Claire chose "Cape Cod Roses" which are very salt tolerant and each year recover quickly from their winter trials bursting forth with sweet scented roses. The rose truly earns its botanical name Rosa Rugosa. This particular image was constructed from a single petal that had fallen and the center part of another flower past its prime. Nikon D300, Nikkor 85mm macro, f20, 2 sec., ISO 200.