Saturday, November 29, 2008

Curiosity II

Here's a close-up of the white berry-bearing bush. (Hooray for alliteration!) Anyone know what these are? They're beautiful, and fit the season so well! I would love to have some sprigs of this to liven up an evergreen display this time of year. This bush is growing along the south fork of the Walla Walla River. This week I've been featuring close-up shots taken while on a walk along this trail (commonly known as Southfork) last Sunday. For a more artistic shot of these berries, see yesterday's post.

11 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

Hi there Walla Walla!! those berries are called Snowberry (Symphoricarpos alba). They are North American natives too. Interesting huh. And where is the snow??

Kim said...

Hey Becky, we have a naturalized front yard and a few of these snow berries grow right by our front door. I don't know if were first seeded from birds or if our friends who created the yard when they lived here seeded them from seeds they collected on hikes. Whatever the case, they seem to love the location and I love to see them each year.
Lovely photos!
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

Weisenheimer said...

It looks to me very much like the Midwestern Marshmallow tree. The marshmallows always ripen this time of year so there are plenty to put into the hot cocoa during the holidays!

The Mom said...

Looks like a bunch of mis-directed ping-pong balls to me! Good photo!

USelaine said...

Yup, I agree with the Snowberry diagnosis. 6^) They are native to the west, where I've seen them on stream embankments.

Bibi said...

So that's what they are! They grow around here too!

--Thanks for your numerous comments on my blog. I've been a bit absent, due to a work overload!

Anonymous said...

Marshmallow tree? I've just run a search and no tree is called like that. I think Weisenheimer's suggestion that these berries are edible isn't a good one; not a good joke!

Chuckeroon said...

An engaging little series of pleasant close ups (and cloudscape!!!) this week, Becky. Lovely ferns and berries etc.

We have snow berries in our garden....great!!

I still keep thinking that Walla Walla is in Australia ;-) It's an "un-American" name.

babooshka said...

Those are so weird. I love this image. Most perculiar.

Laurie said...

Wow, I've never seen this plant before. It looks futuristic and otherworldly! Love this shot. I've missed some good ones in the last few days! I'm just catching up.

Weisenheimer said...

Why, don't be silly! I have Midwestern Marshmallow tree marshmallows in my cocoa right now and they're absolutely delici... auugh... ack... ppl...