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Fewer than fifty shades of black(berry)

In a few bramble patches around the lake, blackberries were in varying degrees of ripeness — from red-flag tart, through wine-tinged temptation, to an inky invitation to sweetness. These are probably Common or Allegheny blackberries (Rubus allegheniensis).

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Prick or treat

An invasive Asian import, Wine raspberry or Japanese wineberry plants (Rubus phoenicolasius) rim the path that loops by an old wooden tower. They offer abundant, if prickly, summer fruit.

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Pink pumpkin panoply

Growing at various spots along the way, rose-colored Spindletree berries (genus Euonymus) brightened the bike path on Sandy Hook. Oddly shaped, they looked a bit like little pumpkins.

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Gleaning ultramarine

The bright blue berries of this arrowwood tree/shrub (maybe a Viburnum dentatum) really stand out against the green woods at the eastern edge of the park along Whalepond Rd. Some critter or bird seems to have noticed them as well, … Continue reading

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Merry multicolored mulberries

Similar in appearance to blackberries but growing on more of a tree than a viny bush, these mulberries add small splashes of red, pink, and dark purple to their otherwise all-green environs. This tree is on the bank of one … Continue reading

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