Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pretty Berries

The shrub that we call a “Thornapple” has red fruits this time of year.  The birds like the fruits.

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Thornapples

Here are the little apples.

Thorns on Thornapple

Here you can see some of the thorns.  This shrub is often called Fireberry Hawthorn.  I will call it Crataegus sp.  because that is as close to a scientific name as I can come up with.  The locals call it a Thornapple because it has thorns and apples.  If you were starving in the woods you could eat these berries…they will taste sweet.  No I have never tasted one. 

We use parts of this woody shrub.  It makes a wonderful stem for the upright Lady Slippers that we carve…it looks very realistic.

Lady Slipper

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14 comments:

  1. There are so many berries out in the woods..I'm afraid I would not know which were good and which were poison, so I probably should not get lost in the woods. Love your carving- very pretty!

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  2. You must have been wandering through the woods lately. the thorns on that one would really give you more than a scratch.

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  3. I love your Lady Slipper carvings.

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  4. Wow! That last pictures shows how talented you are, Connie. :-)

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  5. I've seen Cedar Waxwing go crazy in the fall over the various Hawthorns....:)

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  6. I have a Hawthorn "tree/bush" near me. The thorns are enormous. I was told Indians used the thorns as sewing needles. Your Lady Slipper is beautiful.

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  7. Neat! The carving AND the berries :-).

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  8. Gorgeous. All of it. And thanks for your comment...The National Eagle Center is great--even though eagles are not your favorite bird! And as carvers, you two will just love Lark Toys.

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  9. You guys are so talented! Not only do you know your plants and their latin names but your carving is exquisite! I thought it was areal lady slipper when I first saw it. See??? I said you were talented! LOL!

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  10. Such a pretty touch of bright red amongst the yellow and brown. I like the
    Lady Slippers you carve.

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  11. very interesting that you were able to use those branches with your carving ~ the Lady Slipper carving is beautiful!

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  12. OMG that lady slipper is AMAZING!!!!! You and Far Guy are so freakin talented!

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  13. I never would know which berries to eat, either. Love your lady slipper carving!! :)

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Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments! If you have a question I will try to answer it here. Connie