Just before Thanksgiving we had a light snowfall. The kids all headed outside to play in it and I took the camera out with them and got these shots of a couple rosebuds that were still on one of my rosebushes. The sunlight was just brilliant and made for some lovely shots.

Despite the fact that these were taken the day before Thanksgiving, these made me think of a line in a Christmas song about a Christmas rose–so I did some looking online and found that Christmas roses are not actually roses at all. They are in fact a Helleborus Niger, which is a poisonous winter blossoming plant with a flower that resembles a wild rose. I had never before heard any of the folktales about the Christmas Rose but there are several here if you are interested in reading them.

rose in the snow by Dawna Morton
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A pink rosebud, sprinkled with snow and sparkling white ice crystals, leans across a snow dusted patch of Oregon forest, stretching toward the wintry sun.

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