Winter Thorn Bush at Rockefeller Park, JHD

This website has helped develop my personal interest in nature photography (which you can follow on Instragram), but I never thought that I would move beyond pretty scenery to an appreciation of abstract patterns and even of scenes that might not seem beautiful at all at first glance. Recently I found myself at my local park, avidly snapping photos of dramatic and colorful thorn branches amid the dull hues of early winter. I marveled at their patterns, designs and colors, revealed when their leaves dropped off for winter. This reminded me of a Midrash about the burning bush, an episode which comes up in this week’s Torah portion. It inspired me to create this new Gallery: Inspiration at a Thornbush. Where else could it belong but the Gateway of Wilderness?

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