Saturday, October 23, 2010

Purple Beads

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!

9 comments:

Hilary said...

Everything has its purpose. Sometimes it just takes a while until that purpose is evident.

slommler said...

So beautiful! It does look like a festive fall garland or a necklace for a fairy.
Beautiful!
Hugs
SueAnn

Brian Miller said...

a beautiful necklace indeed...it just wants to be near you, you know...lol

Beverly said...

The berries are nice. My town is about to burn up...The grass around my lake is not brown, but, fried.

One Woman's Journey said...

Beautiful! Looks like a beautiful piece of jewelry - my woods are so dry and there is nothing like this to view.
The leaves on the trees have a beautiful color and are rapidly falling this afternoon.

Bossy Betty said...

Nature is a great jeweler! Beautiful!

Pauline said...

Sometimes we have to stop and see the beauty in what we try to eradicate! Nice shot.

Rachel Cotterill said...

That's a gorgeous picture - you couldn't have asked for a nicer arrangement to present itself. And it's great that it provides food for so much birdlife.

Kerri said...

Nature through your lens and words is such a pleasure to experience, Tabor. I'm so glad you take the time to share your observations.
The greenbriar draping that necklace overhead is lovely indeed.
A beautiful nuisance...much like deer.
I don't remember whether or not I answered your question about my rose/clematis garden. It faces south-east, gets morning sun and afternoon shade and is somewhat protected, being in a little corner formed by the bathroom and side porch. Those same flowers are still blooming. The 2 remaining rose bushes (I moved one that almost died out...hoping to save it) would enjoy more sunshine in this NE climate, I'm sure. They always look rather spindly.