I discovered the group of evergreens where my Spiked Berries piece was created while wandering the Hopeland Gardens grounds. I was immediately attracted to the berries due to their unusual shapes. But, when I observed them through the viewfinder at two times life-size they became even more interesting with their fascinating ripples and surface patterns. They looked like some kind of strange eggs with inherent horns for protection. I then searched through the trees for an artistically pleasing group of berries that included as many of the tiny, colorful blooms as possible. The high level of detail allows surface textures to be seen.