Black Raspberries Ripen

These look like ripe raspberries but are black raspberries about halfway to their final color.  The bushes were full for a while but it’s been a hot summer and a lot of berries shriveled before they were eaten.  What a waste.

Cedar Waxwings Get Spring Berries

The Cedar Waxwings are back along the Holland River.  There are two bushes that have kept berries from last year, one black berry bush and one that has what look like cherries. Three waxwings have been in and out of the bushes each morning, getting an early start on clearing out last year’s berries.

Dark Berries

All the berries have ripened now and those that aren’t being actively devoured may hang around into winter.  There have been hordes of birds in the trees but I have noticed, at least during last winter, that the number of birds didn’t necessarily mean all of the available food disappeared.

Hippy Shake

The wild roses are covered with rose hips.  The orange berries are mixed with other berries on nearby bushes but have a distinctive shape.  Once again, we’re considering harvesting the massive crop we have of hips on our roses at home.  This is the only wild rose I’ve seen along the rose so far.

Starry Berries

These plants have been appearing along the path, noticeable only for a very small cluster of berries at the tip.  I’m not sure I know what they are, but I’m guessing they’re starry false solomon’s seal ( Maianthemum stellatum).  They’re obviously good eating, as the first of this cluster are already gone.

Blue Berries on the Vine

This has been a bounteous year for blueberries but I’ve never seen them along the path or the river.  The blue berries I have seen are wild grapes or the berries of the Virginia creeper, with its bright red stems.  Still lovely, but I will leave them for the birds.

Late Summer Red Berries

These berries have ripened nicely into a dark red.  The birds will be all over them before too long, fattening up for the winter.  They look round and delicious but I’ve learned a lot about poisonous berries in the past year.

Moldy Spikes

This peculiar growth covered a tree full of berries.  The little orange spikes coming out of the berry make it look like a conker but will turn to powder as soon as they are touched.

Purple Berries

These berries are unusual along the path.  Most are red or orange by now, and have a somewhat translucent feel to them.  These are denser, purplish berries on a tree with leaves that grow opposite.  Not a dogwood or honeysuckle, as far as I can tell, but I’m not further along identifying it than that.