While watching the sun scatter its warm fall kisses across the water, across the saltbush feathery seeds and against the underside of the golden tulip tree leaves high against the blue sky, I looked up just over my head and saw this beautiful example of reproduction hanging in the green fall air. What a nice offering for a fall necklace!
The berries are a deep, dark purple and the leaves had lost their intense green of summer and much of their waxy gloss. These berries are eaten in the winter by many types of birds and animals including my little waxwings, woodpecker, and raccoons. This was the noxious greenbriar that I wrote about this summer and which I try to eradicate near any paths. This one has its feet planted about 12 feet from my dock deep into the trees but has stretched itself over a wild bush just to reach me.
I am glad that I did not remove it all even though it bites like a bee!