nehemia_gordon This beautiful flower known as the Common Globe-Thistle grows throughout Israel. It appears soft and gentle but is really a vicious bulb of thorns. Each flower stem conceals a long sharp spike. When I first saw this type of flower I instinctively stretched out my hand to caress it. Big mistake! My hand was pierced by dozens of sharp pins. This is what Solomon was talking about when he said: "Like a lily among thorns, so is my beloved among the maidens." Song of Songs 2:2

The lily and the thorn look deceptively similar. Both are beautiful on the outside. What distinguishes them is what is on the inside. 
I took this photo in the Valley of Tears where one of the decisive battles was fought on the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War.

Read more about this type of flower at:
http://www.wildflowers.co.il/english/plant.asp?ID=6

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