The mountains are thick with the smell of wild rose. While the coastal Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana) begins to wane, the Prickly Rose (Rosa acicularis) is just starting to go strong. This species is easily distinguished from other roses because it is densely covered in thorns which (let me tell you..) love to find their way into your hands.
The Latin/botanical names of plants has always been a valuable part of the learning process for me because they encourage an understanding of what species can belong to what genus, and in turn what family they might belong to. Plant families can sometimes have specific but consistent characteristics which may help you in identification. The Rose family is particularly valuable for pollinators and for fruit production. Some examples of the Rose family are the Rubus genus (blackberries, raspberries, Salmonberries, thimbleberries, cloudberries..), Malus genus (all apples and our coastal native Pacific Crabapple), Fragaria genus (cultivated and wild strawberries), and the Prunus genus (currently 430 species, including peaches, plums, cherries, almonds, nectarines and apricots).