Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nature's Bounty

This is the time of year when Mother Nature’s bounty is in full view; throughout spring and summer there is always a display in the form of berries and various vegetables however, autumn is when she goes all out in preparation for winter.  All of these pictures are on a short (15 mile) bike ride.  With a couple of exceptions, everything is wild and on public land.  The exceptions are these two pear trees

and this plum tree.

When I asked the owner of the pear trees if I could take pictures he said “Yes, and take some pears also.”  The plum tree above is in my daughter’s yard, but there are other varieties elsewhere.

 Washington is known for its apples and they are quite abundant in location and variety, from large

To several varieties of edible crab apples

And decorative upon which the birds feed.

There is a large selection of berries for juice/wine production:
Chokecherries (red and black)

Oregon grape

                                 and elderberry

There are several species of berry that are generally left for the birds:

Mountain Ash


and rose hips (which could also be used for tea)

This is just a great time of year to be out and about, and I'll be on the road as much as possible so I can watch the foliage turn color.

1 comment:

Just Frances said...

Of course, there are also the amazing smells you get when the apples are ready for picking!