128Days # 328 Blackberries the Impalers

By next weekend if there is no rain, the berries will be full, black and ready for picking.

By next weekend if there is no rain, the berries will be full, black and ready for picking.

Once again the wind won, the photo is blurred. I hope you get the idea that the berries are not sweet and ready for picking until all the berries in a bunch are deep black. The tickets of tangled vines pose a threat to personal safety and are not to be taken lightly. Here is what a person faces when approaching the prize.

The dangerous thorns attack with little mercy.

The dangerous thorns attack with little mercy. The tips point toward the base of the cane. It is easy to slide an arm in, but the barbs impale clothing and flesh when the arm is extracted with a handful of berries.

What makes us pick them year after year? The berries are delicious. They are worth both the wait and the occasional thorn. These green canes (green as in not dried) are pliable so they are often waving about in the wind.

Dried canes from previous years are now attached to stiff sticks. The thorns also have an accumulation of dirt, pollen and spores which makes wounds from them even more painful.

Dried canes from previous years are have become stiff sticks with thorns intact. The thorns also have an accumulation of dirt, pollen and spores which makes wounds from them even more painful.

I hope I haven’t bored you with blackberry posts, tomorrow I hope to capture a few photos of several blackberry patches. Even though the berries are delicious, the growth and overtaking of the land make these a most unwelcome non-native plant.

The birds love the berries also and eat them all summer and fall. They are un-witting planters of the seeds and are important reason why these plants run rampant everywhere. Eliminating them becomes a drawn out battle. Left untamed they take over.

Cheers,

Shez

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About Shez

In a nut-shell (nut-case?): Photographer, illustrator, writer, passionate DIY enthusiast, wife, mother, grandmother. I love learning new things and anything that is creative: sewing upholstery or dresses, painting walls or art, building dolls or walls, cooking and cake decorating, knitting or wiring. By day I am a small manufacturing business owner, operator, partner. I am Totally Random Shez.

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