When I saw this thorn growing, I knew I wanted to write about it; but I was not sure exactly what I was going to say. My original thoughts were like the photos. From a distance, it isn't very clear.
It looks like a branch or vine growing up the side of the tree, one that you could go and grab hold of to help you climb right up the tree. It looks like something that could support you as you use it to swing from one tree to another. The closer you get to it, you realize it wasn't what it seemed. It has sharp, pointed barbs that will prick through your flesh. If you didn't look closely before grabbing hold of it, you would definitely feel a sting from the thorn piercing through you. You might think you can still use it to get to the top of that tree, grabbing the vine between the thorns - but using the wrong means will always cause suffering and pain. As you can see in the third photo, the thorns are actually growing vines that are wrapping around the tree. As the vine grows and wraps itself around the tree, it is pulling the barbs through the bark and boring itself into that tree with all its might, getting such a hold that it isn't easily pulled away.
The Bible is clear on things that we should steer clear of and things to which we should draw close.
Be careful what gets a hold on you because it can choke the very life out of you.
And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.