Looking berry good


Blackberry season is coming! Quite a few of the berries I see on morning hikes have already turned dark, but they’re not quite sweet enough just yet. I’ve learned to very gently wiggle them to see if they easily detach from the plant; if not, I leave them alone to continue ripening. Even when far from ripe the colors of the berries are eyecatching and beautiful.


I’m not sure if these small red berries are edible. At first glance I took them for pyracantha, which are plentiful around here, except that these berries are much more glossy red and nearly translucent. Again, the colors caught my eye and I couldn’t resist stopping to take a photo. Any ideas what these might be?

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