Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Red and green redux

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Continuing with yesterday’s red-and-green theme, here’s an abstract picture showing the fruit and out-of-focus leaves of thimbleberry, Rubus parviflorus, in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, on August 29th.

The Rubus species that’s widespread in Austin is R. trivialis.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 26, 2017 at 5:00 AM

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  1. Looks like good bear food but is it pauciflorus or parviflorus? I can’t find much information on Rubus pauciflorus.


    December 26, 2017 at 5:52 AM

    • You’re right. Thanks for pointing that out. I’ve corrected the name in the text. I had it right in my photo archive but mangled it on the way to this post. All’s well that ends well.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 26, 2017 at 8:02 AM

  2. What a gorgeous berry. I’ve always been curious about thimbleberry, since it grows in Michigan, and a specialty food company up there includes thimbleberry jam in their offerings, depending on the availability of the fruit.

    This year, it was in their catalog, with this description: “Precious, scarlet colored berries with a tart flavor reminiscent of currants and raspberries with a flowery aroma. The soft seeds release their unique nutty flavor when chewed. From the cool, rugged coast of Lake Superior, along Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.” Every time I see it offered, I almost bite, but the price stops me: $25 for nine ounces. In the past, they did mention that getting the berries was quite labor-intensive because the berries are small and often hidden. And, of course, there are those bears.


    December 26, 2017 at 7:59 AM

  3. Great post , as usual, Steve! Missed many of your posts….planning to make some time for blog as well 🙂
    Season’s greetings!


    December 27, 2017 at 4:05 AM

    • A happy 2018 to you as well, Indira. Sometimes life intervenes and keeps us from the things we’d prefer to be doing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 27, 2017 at 6:57 AM

  4. Did you try any? I find sometimes they’re kind of dry and mealy, other times not.


    December 30, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    • No, I didn’t. When I photographed this I didn’t know what it was, and prudence lies on the side of not sampling unknown plants. Had I realized it was a Rubus, I’d certainly have tried it. From what you say and from the little I’ve read, it seems that the fruits of this species aren’t as good to eat as the Rubus trivialis, or southern dewberry, that grows right here in Austin and that I’ve been known to much on when I’m out in nature in the late spring.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 30, 2017 at 2:20 PM

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