Gift #488: Autumn berries

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits” – Samuel Butler

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One of the lovely aspects of fall is that as the flowers fade in late summer, autumn brings brightly colored fruits and berries.  Most berries strike a dramatic contrast with the foliage as it turns.  Then as the leaves fall, the berries provide a welcome flash of color against the winter landscape.  Berries are also welcome foods for the birds, squirrels, and other woodland creatures.   One glorious, hallowed day I remember a great flock of cedar waxwings (my favorite bird) descended on a shrub laden with berries and had a feast.  It was incredible and it was the only time in my life I’ve laid eyes on the beautiful birds in the “wild”.  I’ve been snapping pictures of autumn berries on my walks, and though there are no cedar waxwings, the berries are a treasure in themselves.

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Blessings to you,

Sarah

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