Blackberries

Blackberries
Blackberries

I have shared the fruit of several plants on this project but so far neglected the one which was a gift to us from the wildlife around us. Behind our workshop/barn is a patch of wild blackberries that suddenly appeared one year out of the blue, presumably sown by birds. For the first few years we just picked, but last year I cleared them out and was rewarded with a bigger harvest and fewer scratches. The berries are large, juicy, delicious and prolific and protected by thorns and spider webs. We are put off by neither of these defenses, but pick them every year by the bucket full to freeze for winter fruit. Despite the clearing out, our clothes are snagged and our arms and legs are scratched as we pick, but the harvest is worth every bit of pain. Every morning and some evenings we enjoy them on our oats and sometimes with our evening ‘nicecream and blueberries. To top off their benefits, they look so beautiful! So they feature as a fruit in our Flower a Day today. Close your eyes and you can almost hear the bees buzzing in the flowers nearby as you imagine yourself picking these in the late summer heat. And pop a few into your mouth as you do so…

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4 Responses

    1. Thanks so much for that lovely comment, Kathy. I enjoy trying to write a little something every day that will both complement the photo and give everyone a little lift. I like writing as much as photography, wish I could have the time to write more. My stories I wrote in the past are on this site, for anyone who wants to read them. The audio versions are here with a link to the written post. https://www.elliekennard.ca/read-me/

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  1. Ooooo, yummy! I can taste the sweet juice being released from each of those tiny packets that form the blackberry (and raspberry). So ingenious is mother nature, isn’t she? This is a beautiful portrait, Ellie, of the noble fruit which is every bit as pretty as a flower and therefore worthy of the theme. I love how you’ve captured each stage of the berry’s development…from the start of the colourless nucleic berry through the raspberry stage to full blown lusciousness…with nary a thorn in sight. Well done and thank you, Ellie.

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    1. I’m so glad you liked my fruity offering today, Janet. They are amazing little power storehouses, a marvel of creation for sure!
      I can hardly wait until they start putting forth shoots again and the whole process starts anew.
      Thanks again!

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